Courtney Ehrlichman

is a disruptive technology and mobility expert specializing in real-world pilots, partnerships and policy. She launched The Ehrlichman Group after serving as Deputy Director of Traffic21 Institute and two National USDOT research centers at Carnegie Mellon University and co-founding RoadBotics, a CMU Robotics Institute start-up & AI-based road assessment tool.  

Courtney’s subject matter expertise sits at the intersection of emerging mobility, connected/ automated vehicles, shared-use, smart cities, economic development and land-use planning.

Courtney effectively translates complicated concepts to large audiences including roboticists, infrastructure managers, legislators, and laypersons. She is a contributing writer for The Drive. She also creates programs and curricula which are designed to educate the industry workforce about emerging tech and their associated impacts while offering professional credit hours.

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.

  • 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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