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City’s Driverless Shuttle Begins Service on Tuesday, Oct 1

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At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, the city is hosting a Ride Olli event for the public. The public is invited to come to City Hall to ride the autonomous vehicle and learn about the new Olli driverless shuttles that will be running along the city’s 1.5-mile intelligent mobility test track.

Olli is a 10-seat autonomous vehicle designed and built by Phoenix, Arizona-based Local Motors. The Curiosity Lab track runs the entire length of Technology Parkway, the main road that runs through Technology Park Atlanta.

The event takes place in front of City Hall and includes welcome remarks from Mayor Mike Mason, Councilmember Alex Wright, as well as comments from a Local Motors representative who will provide an overview of Olli and how it operates. The shuttle rides will begin after the opening remarks.

A little background on the test track: This the first test track in the entire country that offers real-world conditions. There are many tracks throughout the U.S. that offer testing opportunities for AV technology, but all are in a controlled environment.

Curiosity Lab is set along a city-owned street, Technology Parkway, which so offers the opportunity to interact with people and vehicles going about their daily businesses. The track offers fully operational 5G, 1G of dedicated fiber, DSRC units, video surveillance, smart poles, and a 25,000 square foot technology incubator.

The incubator space is located at 147 Technology Parkway and offers a network operations center for the track. The goal of the technology incubator is to help IoT Mobility and Smart City early startup companies to grow and scale.

Representatives from Local Motors will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional information. The event is expected to last 45 minutes to 1 hour.

After the launch on Tuesday, two driverless shuttles will operate Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. along the city’s test track. The shuttle rides are free and open to the public.

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State Court Judges Announce Arraignments and Criminal Hearings are cancelled effective immediately

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 All state court arraignments and criminal hearings are cancelled effective immediately until July 17, 2020, at 5 p.m. due to the public health emergency. This cancellation applies only to state court criminal cases. These matters will be rescheduled at a later date.

Source: Gwinnett County Administrative Office of the Courts

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Building Southwest Gwinnett County – Annual Mayors Panel Discussion

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The Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce presents a panel discussion of the common issues of the cities that are the Gateway to Gwinnett. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the issues that affect our community and our businesses. This event is part of the First Friday Breakfast program and it will be held on July 10 from 7:30-9 AM at Atlanta Tech Park.

The mayors of Berkeley Lake, Norcross and Peachtree Corners represent three of Gwinnett’s most diverse cities: one of the biggest cities and one of the smallest cities in population, one of the newest and one of the oldest cities in the county, and as a group, one of the most diverse ethnic populations in the country. Many of our concerns cross the boundaries of these three cities and certainly the economic health of any one impacts the businesses in all three.

Our moderator will be posing pre-submitted questions to each of the mayors and as time permits questions from the audience. Topics will include issues facing each of the cities and common issues facing Southwest Gwinnett County. This is a great opportunity for our audience to be engaged in the direction being taken by the cities in the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber community. 

Please submit questions to this email address: bcoffey@southwestgwinnettchamber.org with the subject “I have a question for the Mayors”.

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City Issues Proclamation Condemning Racism Ahead of Georgia Assembly Passage of Hate Crimes Bill

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HB 426 Hates Crime

Yesterday, the City of Peachtree Corners issued a proclamation condemning racism and urging the Georgia General Assembly to enact hate crimes legislation.

The Georgia legislature on Tuesday approved a hate crime bill that will allow enhanced criminal penalties for people who target others because of their race, gender, sexual orientation or other reasons.

According to CNN, Gov. Brian Kemp’s communications director tweeted that Kemp would sign the bill, pending legal review.

The Georgia State Senate press office, HB 426 passed by a vote of 47-6 and was immediately transmitted to the House. The House voted 127-38 to pass the bill.

Georgia has been one of four states without a hate crime law.

The GA House Bill is here [PDF]

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