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Smart Autonomous Vehicles Initiative (SAVI)

Autonomous Vehicles

 

Portland Launches Smart Autonomous Vehicles Initiative (SAVI)

 

Portland is one of the world’s leading cities developing innovative technology solutions that improve our quality of life. We believe Portland can do this again by developing best practices for testing autonomous vehicles (AV’s).  Portland can show how to “do AV smart” by working with transportation providers and the public to implement testing and piloting of this technology, while advancing public safety, protection of the environment and transportation access for everyone, regardless of income.

Autonomous vehicles have the potential to be a truly transformative technology. They could benefit our communities by reducing crashes, improving first and last mile connections for public transit riders, and reducing the high cost of owning a private vehicle.  They also have the potential to significantly increase traffic congestion, vehicle miles traveled, and climate pollution.  The protections and rules of the road adopted by state and local governments will substantially determine how much benefit and how much burden we experience.

It is also important that cities provide clear leadership as AV technology is tested and piloted before widespread use. AVs operating on city streets with pedestrians, people in wheelchairs, and bicyclists pose different challenges than AVs operating on open stretches of I-5 and I-84. Local streets must continue to be managed by the local agencies which know them best.

 

SAVI initiative signed by
Mayor and Commissioner

AV letter to legislators

City of Portland SAVI signed doc

Signed initiative

AV Letter to Legislators

Letter to the legislators


Draft Autonomous Vehicles Policy

Portland’s Draft Autonomous Vehicles policy is open for public comment through July 21, 2017. The draft policy is proposed through the third stage of our update to the City’s Transportation System Plan (TSP).  We encourage comments on the policy; please send them to TSP3@portlandoregon.gov.  Thanks!


The City of Portland has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the Smart Autonomous Vehicles Initiative (SAVI). Find more information on the RFI hereResponses to the RFI are due August 11, 2017. Please check the procurement website for updates and addenda while the RFI is open.

On June 19, 2017, PBOT held a pre-submittal webinar, that walks through the RFI. You can view the webinar or read through the presentation below.

 

Webinar PDF

For questions, concerns or to request more information, email us at  SAVI@portlandoregon.gov.


AV Permit Application Draft

Interim Administrative Rule Draft

Av Permit Application

AV Permit Application Draft

Admin rule draft

Interim Administrative Rule Draft

The City of Portland is publishing discussion drafts, an “Interim Administrative Rule for Smart Autonomous Vehicle Initiative – Testing” and an “Autonomous Vehicle Permit Application.” These documents are currently open for public comment. All comments can be sent to savi@portlandoregon.gov. We encourage all members of the public including private companies, Portlanders, advocacy groups and transportation enthusiasts to review and comment.

 


Draft Autonomous Vehicles Policy

Portland’s Draft Autonomous Vehicles policy is open for public comment through July 21, 2017. The draft policy is proposed through the third stage of our update to the City’s Transportation System Plan (TSP).

Launching Portland's Smart Autonomous Vehicles Initiative

Launching Portland's Smart Autonomous Vehicles Initiative

AV Letter to Legislators

AV Letter to Legislators

Autonomous Vehicles FAQ

Frequently asked questions about Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) in Portland

PBOT News Release 04/19/2017

PBOT News Release: Mayor Wheeler, Commissioner Saltzman launch
 Smart Autonomous Vehicles Initiative