ESTABLISHING LAS VEGAS AS DEMONSTRATOR FOR ADVANCED MOBILITY
LAS VEGAS, N.V. (March 16, 2016) –Nevada is working to become a leading demonstrator location for urban mobility solutions. State and regional entities, Fraunhofer Institute IVI, Deloitte, and other stakeholders gathered to establish the tenets of creating “demonstrator” cities in Las Vegas and Dresden. The goals of the summit included development of the first pilot projects to launch under this initiative, with an emphasis on the mobility ecosystem.
The Synchronized Mobility City Demonstrator Summit was held over two days in Las Vegas earlier this month. The event offered industry leaders the chance to both see and hear why Las Vegas, and the state as whole, offers the perfect environment for a demonstrator city- of which, Las Vegas’ global connectivity, the State’s long history of embracing autonomous technology, and the government’s support of emerging and growing industries are key
GOED Director Steve Hill provided the Welcome Address, stating, “We want to help advance the industry forward. As a globally-connected city, Las Vegas offers a unique opportunity to test driverless cars and urban mobility solutions Our state has embraced the autonomous industry from the very beginning and is working aggressively to find ways to say ‘yes’ to industries helping to build the New Nevada.”
During the Summit, regulatory leaders discussed the current and future environment for urban mobility solutions in Nevada and stakeholders presented their capabilities and interest in participating in pilot projects in the state. Following the conference, GOED has been identifying the partners who will work with Team Nevada to not only commence the pilot projects, but also work to establish Las Vegas as a “demonstrator” city.
Team Nevada includes: The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED); University of Nevada, Las Vegas; University of Nevada, Reno; Desert Research Institute; City of Las Vegas; Regional Transportation Commission; Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles; and Nevada Department of Transportation.
In January, Governor Sandoval announced that GOED would create the Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility (NCAM). NCAM was formally approved in February through a Knowledge Fund grant to UNLV. NCAM will be a division of the Nevada institute for Autonomous Systems. UNLV’s NCAM proposal can be read here: http://diversifynevada.com/uploads/reports/KF_UNLV_CAM_Proposal.pdf
About the Governor’s Office of Economic Development:
Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is the result of a collaborative effort between the Nevada Legislature and Governor Brian Sandoval to restructure economic development in the state. GOED’s role is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, to stimulate business expansion and retention, encourage entrepreneurial enterprise, attract new businesses and facilitate community development. More information on the Governor’s Office of Economic Development can be viewed at www.diversifynevada.com .