b'98Cycling AdvocatesAs mentioned above, Argo recognizes the importance ofengagingwithVRUs.Insit-downswithadvocacy groups like Bike Texas and BikePittsburgh, for instance, the Argo team often shows videos from track testing, in which situations involving cyclists are simulated. With theLeagueofAmericanBicyclists,theteamwenta LongbeforeArgoexpandsits testing fleetstep further, developing a list of guiding principles that into a new city, its Public Policy and Government Rela- would influence how self-driving technology and service tions team begins the work of local engagement. Stepproviders operate:one: Reach out to city and state officials, law enforcement representatives, and other stakeholder groups. Step two:Enable safer streets for everyone, including Listen and learn. Step three: Turn insights into meaning- cyclists and pedestrians, not just those utilizing a ful action.vehicle.Withinformationabouteachcityssingularchal- Augment existing personal, private, and public lenges,regulations,andlegislativenuances,theythentransportation options, including cycling and bike communicate what they learn to the Argo Product team,sharing, to empower mobility choice and equity.whichalsodoesitsownindependentresearchontheEncourage the creation of cycling infrastruc-needs of each community. Before we enter a city, we goture and dedicated bicycle lanes where feasible deeper in our understanding of the demand patterns, thethroughout cities.structure of the city, says Head of Product Israel Kos- Aid mutual safety by maintaining safe lateral and itsky. We look at public transportation. We look at thefollowing distances.key pickup and dropoff destinations. We look at weatherAnticipate common cyclist behaviors, such as patterns.yielding at stop signs or treating red lights as stop In the process, he says, the cities are aligned withsigns, as well as recognize and respect rights-of-what were doing. Were aligned with what theyre doing,way for bicycle lanes and related cycling infra-and we have a symbiotic relationship. The conversationsstructure.are truly a two-way street, with city officials eager to learnContribute to an environment of collaboration, from Argo about its evolving technology and commitmentengagement, and education within the communi-to safety, while Argo designs for local nuances like speedties in which they operate.limits and regional driving behaviors. The Product and Public Policy and Government Relations teams help trainOn top of putting these principles into action, another local law enforcement and first responders about how toequally important objective is to listen to what represen-engage with self-driving vehicles in emergency situations.tatives of stakeholder groups have to say. Public Policy Argoalsomeetswithpolicymakersandadvocacyand Government Relations Director Andrew Woelfling groups across the U.S., advocating for the companys viewslooks for consensus and balance, often meeting with reg-on regulating autonomous vehicles and ensuring the safetyulators and mobility organizations to explain how Argos of everyone on the road. But more than that, these discus- self-driving technology really works. At one point at the sions are intended to educate, inform, and assure organi- end of 2019, Fishback and Woelfling visited five different zations about the companys commitment to safety. Alongcities in five days to meet with policy makers. It is real-the way, Argo organizes meetings to enable all sides to getly a goal of Argo to be proactively good members of the to know each other. We want to outline common direc- community, Fishback says. Our employees live in the tives and envision ways to collaborate, says State and Lo- communities where we test, and we want to make sure cal Affairs Lead Elizabeth Fishback.were good neighbors and good stewards. Here are some examples of engagement with trans-portation stakeholders: Policy Advisory GroupsArgoalsoactivelyparticipatesinstatepolicyadvisory Transportation Officials groups, such as the Pennsylvania Autonomous Vehicles When Pennsylvanias Department of TransportationTaskForce,theWashington,D.C.AutomatedVehicle (PennDOT) began revising its guidance for autonomousWorking Group, and the Texas Connected and Automat-vehicle testing in early 2020, the Argo AI Policy team en- ed Vehicles Task Force, on which Argo representatives are gaged immediately. It was critical that PennDOT under- members. That work includes correcting misconceptions stand how Argo builds and tests its technology, as welland listening to concerns about self-driving technology as the value it places in protecting vulnerable road usersand its deployment in the hopes of further facilitating (VRUs), such as motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians.self-driving innovation. We are aiming for transparen-Over the next six months, Argo worked with the agencycy, says Woelfling. This is the only way you build trust.to shape the new guidance. As Fishback says, We wantedThecommonthreadforallthepartiesinvolved? to make sure PennDOT had the information and clarityWorking towards a future in which drivers, cyclists, pe-they needed on their end so that self-driving systems de- destrians, and self-driving vehicles can not only coexist, velopers could test in a safe and responsible way.but actively keep each other safer on the roads.FullBook_Mar24.indb 98 4/25/21 6:44 PM'