Sacramento, CA – Sacramento Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé, U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsui, and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg presented a vision for the city’s leadership on autonomous vehicles to Silicon Valley, automotive, and local business leaders, as well as policy experts and transportation agencies. Golden 1 Center, the world’s most technologically advanced sports and entertainment venue developed by a public-private partnership between the Kings and the City of Sacramento, hosted the gathering as part of the newly formed Autonomous Transportation Open Standards Lab (ATOS) in Sacramento. This meeting of key stakeholders from government and the private sector is the next step towards bringing truly driverless vehicles to Sacramento’s streets.
ATOS is designed to bring private companies together with government officials to quickly identify opportunities and solve the challenges autonomous vehicle technology will face coming to market. This includes creating a common standard that cities and car manufacturers can use to ensure safe operation and testing.
“Autonomous vehicles are the future,” said Vivek Ranadivé, owner and chairman of the Sacramento Kings. “Sacramento is uniquely poised to lead this movement and become the premier test lab for AVs in the United States. We cannot let it pass. Together with lawmakers and business leaders, we will work to harness our momentum and lead the way.”
Sacramento offers key advantages as a platform for innovation. Verizon recently selected Sacramento as the only city in California to pilot next generation 5G wireless networks, connectivity which will power autonomous vehicles. In addition, Sacramento’s proximity to state regulators will help inform the policy framework for the rapid development and adoption of autonomous vehicles.
“Driverless cars are a new frontier in transportation, and the work of our Sacramento consortium proves that we are building an innovation ecosystem,” said Congresswoman Doris Matsui. “Testing autonomous vehicles on our streets is a perfect example of how Sacramento is leading the way to a smarter, more connected future.”
“The City of Sacramento has been forged and grown by explorers, entrepreneurs, and adventurers who push the envelope just like the businesses joining our coalition today – it’s why they are leading the next chapter in our innovative history,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “With a unique strength in diversity across demographics, geography, influence, and technological infrastructure compared to other cities across the country, it’s no wonder companies see the benefits of investing early in Sacramento to prepare for the future. It happened during the gold rush, Pony Express and transcontinental railroad and is happening here again with the self-driving car.”