Duquesne hopes driverless vehicles can solve transportation woes

In a space typically reserved for veterans, a small group of Duquesne residents is discussing the city's future, one many hope will include autonomous vehicles.

"We're on the brink of growing technology everywhere. I would love for us to be part of that growing technology,” said Mayor-elect Nickole Nesby.


Two students from Carnegie Mellon University are working on a project to bring driverless cars to Duquesne to help solve the city's transportation problem.

Residents told Channel 11 buses don't come frequently enough, a problem that will only get worse as the port authority prepares to cut more routes in the Mon Valley.

"They're talking about taking places off of here – that's ridiculous, don't do that,” said Cheryl Dawson. “We've got older people; I'm a senior citizen."

It's why leaders are looking everywhere possible to solve the issue, one they hope will include a driverless ride to the future.

"It's a great opportunity for our community,” Nesby said.