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Los Angeles to Appoint Next-Gen Transportation Adviser

A new advisory position in Los Angeles will dedicate the next 12 months to pushing the limits of transportation technology in one of the most congested cities in the world.

by / May 8, 2015
The Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury in Motion autonomous vehicle out for a drive. A new fellowship position in the Los Angeles Department of Transportation will support technologies like self-driving vehicles. Flickr/maesthierryportfolio

The city of Los Angeles announced on May 8 a new fellowship position in the Department of Transportation (DOT) to support the evolution of next-generation transportation technology like self-driving vehicles.

Through a one-year fellowships program funded by the Goldhirsh Foundation, an adviser will help create a citywide strategy to outline the city’s future of road safety and traffic regulation.

The new adviser, who has not yet been named, is to work with DOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds and Chief Technology Officer Peter Marx. The city reported in a press release that it intends to become “a national model for sustainable, tech-enabled transportation and as a test bed for technologist that will change the future of transportation.”

"It's about time the car capital of the world planned for the future of transportation in the digital age -- moving beyond the car to bikes, ride shares and autonomous vehicles," Mayor Eric Garcetti said in the release. "This expert will help us answer questions about how L.A. can better prepare our streets, systems and infrastructure to make our city the most livable, modern city it can be."

From tablets being used in subways to electric vehicles charging their batteries from streetlights, technology is changing how people live and move in Los Angeles, Marx said.

“L.A. will continue to lead in thinking through how a city moves around most efficiently, most sustainably and most enjoyably,” he said in the release.