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.
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
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
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
Expert Panel, TomTom Traffic Index Awards, 2017
Juror, NYC Driverless Future Challenge, 2017