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Thursday, September 26, 2013

House to hold hearing on driverless cars


By Keith Laing, September 25, 2013

he House Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a hearing next month about "the future role of autonomous vehicles in U.S. transportation," officials with the panel announced on Wednesday.

Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) proclaimed driverless cars were "the future of transportation" after riding in one in his home state earlier this month.

“This technology has significant potential to make transportation safer and more efficient," Shuster said in a statement after his ride.  "We have to figure out how to embrace technology, in the way we build our infrastructure, comply with existing and future laws, and ensure the safety of the public."

That task will fall now to the Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.), who will chair the Oct. 9th hearing. 

Officials with the panel said lawmakers would discuss "the potential impacts of the technology on the transportation network and federal policies that may be necessary for their integration into the infrastructure system."