Lawmakers get taken for a ride

Published by Tracie Mauriello on .

House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Blair, is driven to show fellow members of Congress what researchers in his home state are achieving.

Today he hosted Carnegie Mellon University developers of a driverless car, then offered his colleagues rides around the capital so they could see the technology first-hand before they are faced with regulating it.

"Autonomous vehicles and other emerging technologies have significant potential to increase transportation safety and efficiency," Mr. Shuster said. "The future of transportation is coming quickly and it's important to provide policymakers with opportunities to gain a better understanding of these kinds of innovations."

He said Congress has to begin planning for the benefits and challenges of new technologies, such as those used to develop driverless cars.

Reps. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, were among the lawmakers who took rides.

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