C40 Mayors Prepare Their Cities for Autonomous Vehicles

Today, five mayors announced they will work together to prepare their cities for the emergence of autonomous vehicles. In Miami at the CityLab conference, the inaugural cities, participating in the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, announced are Paris, France; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Austin, USA; Los Angeles, USA; and Nashville, USA.

Four of these pioneering cities, Paris, Buenos Aires, Austin and Los Angeles, are also members of C40 and therefore committed to bold leadership on tackling climate change. As mayors welcomed the initiative they also highlighted the unique opportunity that autonomous vehicles offer in accelerating cuts to greenhouse gas emissions in their cities.

Later this year, five additional cities will be announced; cities across the C40 network are encouraged to participate in the initiative.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute will galvanize experts and data to accelerate cities’ planning efforts, and produce a set of principles and tools that participating cities, as well as cities around the world, can use to chart their own paths forward.

C40 Chair-Elect and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo commented:

“In Paris we are transforming our transport system to prioritize the health and welfare of our citizens. If managed properly, the arrival of autonomous vehicles will speed up that transformation whilst also helping cities to deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles will be key in ensuring that this shift focusses on improving the lives of citizens.”

Sustainable urban transportation is a major priority for C40 and will be a key theme of the C40 Mayors Summit, in Mexico City from November 30th to December 2nd. The Summit will bring together the world’s most influential mayors, representing 650 million citizens to present their common goals for a sustainable future, one year after COP21 in Paris.

Read the press release here.