"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," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has created a new transportation technology advisor fellowship under which the person hired will craft a transportation plan for the city.

"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," Garcetti said. "Working together with my Department of Transportation General Manager Seleta Reynolds and CTO Peter Marx, this expert will help us answer questions about how LA can better prepare our streets, systems, and infrastructure to make our city the most livable, modern city it can be."

The one-year fellowship was made possible through a grant from the Goldhirsh Foundation. The technology advisor will create a citywide strategy that outlines the future of road safety, road use efficiency, traffic regulation, and traffic enforcement and create a policy plan to ensure a safe, mobile, sustainable future for the Los Angeles.

The aim is to help position Los Angeles as a national model in sustainable, tech-enabled transportation and as a test bed for technologies that will change the future of transportation. The advisor will also help the DOT design strategies to meet the transportation goals outlined in the Mayor's Sustainable City Plan, released last month.

Taking full advantage of technology in transportation is natural for LADOT, among the first to go all in on smart signals and smart meters," Reynolds said. "We look forward to leading this first-of-its-kind strategy for our city."

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