Radically Re-Envisioning Mobility

Disruptive technology and mobility expert specializing in emerging mobility, artificial intelligence, connected/autonomous vehicles, smart city applications and cybersecurity.


TEDx Pittsburgh Talk:

Autonomous Vehicles for the Rest of Us.

June 2018.

Pittsburgh, PA is a hotbed for autonomous vehicles, from the research and development at Carnegie Mellon University to being one of Uber's AV test cities. Courtney Ehrlichman reminds us that as with any new transportation technology, policy must be for people first - and that includes a seat at the table to design our new policies.

About Courtney Ehrlichman

Disruptive technology and mobility expert specialized in advising for economic development professionals, engineers, community planners, venture capitalists, startups and government agencies in areas of emerging mobility, connected/autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, smart city applications, and cybersecurity.  Demonstrated success at tip of the spear business strategy leveraging deep and broad industry network for startups and mobilizing support of key stakeholders, whether public and private, to move projects to fruition.

Effectively translates and distills complicated concepts, to large audiences, ranging from roboticists and engineers to municipal managers to the general public.  Creative design of programs and curricula, some of which are national, some of which provide credit hours for professionals. .

Selected Accomplishments

  • Winner of  Ford’s 2018 City of Tomorrow Challenge in Pittsburgh. Led diverse team of international mobility analysts and local commute professionals to form Safe Shift;  addressing equitable, accessible, and safe access to transit for night time workers, with a focus on women. One of only  three winners out of 129 contenders.

  • Pioneered future of mobility collaborations by directing and applying disruptive technology research and policy concepts to local transportation system at Carnegie Mellon University in partnership with USDOT, PennDOT, PA Turnpike, the Smart Belt Coalition, City of Pittsburgh, and Cranberry Township among others.

  • Designed and implemented Carnegie Mellon University’s Smart Mobility Challenge in Southwestern PA. Matched identified mobility needs of local municipalities with researchers to align technology solutions for those problems and design research and project deployment. Six municipalities were awarded research partnerships.

  • Led diverse team of international mobility analysts and local commute professionals to form Safe Shift; successfully winning Ford’s City of Tomorrow Challenge in Pittsburgh.

  • TedX Talk: Autonomous Vehicles for the Rest of US

  • Successfully licensed academic research, co-founded RoadBotics with CMU Robotics Institute researcher; recently closed $3.9M seed round; won 2nd Place at SXSW US Mayor's Match Up Pitch Competition.

Selected Board/Committee Membership:


  • Intelligent Transportation Society of America

    • Cybersecurity Task Force, 2018 – present

    • Advocacy Trust, 2015-2017

    • Rapid Legislation Analysis Team, 2017

  • Transportation Research Board, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

    • Major Cities Committee (2015-present)

    • Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation (2015-present)


  • Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Task Force, 2016 - present

  • Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania, Board Member, 2016 - present

  • Smart Belt Coalition, a collaboration of MI, OH, PA DOTs/Turnpikes to create a connected, tristate corridor, 2015 -2017


  • Bloomfield Development Corporation, Board Member, 2017 – present

  • Women’s Transportation Seminar, Pittsburgh Chapter Founding Member, 2015 - 2018

  • Innovate Oakland Committee, 2014 - 2017

  • East Liberty Development Corporation, 2007 - 2010

  • Bike Pittsburgh, 2006 - 2009

Selected Presentations

Policies, Partnerships and Deployments of Driverless Shuttles in the US, PA AV Task Force, 2018

Economic Impacts of Autonomous Vehicles in SWPA, PA DCED Annual Meeting 2018

Autonomous Vehicles for the Rest of Us, TEDx Pittsburgh, 2018

Smart Belt Coalition, TRB AUVSI Automated Vehicle Symposium, 2017

RoadBotics Pitch, US Conference of Mayors, SXSW, 2017

Moderator, Future of Transit Panel, Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit 2016, 2017

Autonomous Vehicles and Transportation Technology, ITSA Capitol Hill Techn Showcase, 2014-2017

"State of the Industry and Key Research Issues for Connected and Automated Vehicles in 2016," Planning Committee, Automated Vehicle Symposium of AUVSI and TRB, 2016

Selected Juries

Expert Panel, TomTom Traffic Index Awards, 2017        

Juror, NYC Driverless Future Challenge, 2017

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