New England Tech Hosts Summit of Self-Driving Car Companies, including GM and Lyft

New England Tech recently played host to an automobile and high-tech transit summit of the future. A range of companies that are in the process of designing and building self-driving cars and other advanced transit technologies converged in Rhode Island to share ideas, visions of the future โ€“ and to get a tour of locations around the state where they can test their prototype models.

New England Tech was selected to host the summit because of its national reputation and top rankings for its automotive technology degree programs.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation invited these companies and other researchers in the advanced automobile technology and transit sectors in an effort to attract leading-edge automotive innovations to the state. According to R.I. Transportation Director Peter Alviti, this summit is the first of an ongoing series to be held.

The state of Rhode Island has invited these companies and transit researchers to submit proposals for their high-tech transit projects to be tested in the state in October.

Representatives from carmaker General Motors and ride-hailing app Lyft were among the speakers. The conference was followed by a tour the following day for attendees to such possible test locations as the future Pawtucket/Central Falls transit center, downtown Providence, and the Quonset Business Park, among other locations.

For the third time in this past year, NEIT was nationally recognized for the quality of its automotive degree programs. Most recently, NEIT was one of just nine schools nationally โ€“ and the only one in New England โ€“ to receive a Tier I Rating for Collision Repair by the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

 

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