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Computer-Operated Car Takes Congressman for a Ride

Posted on 09/6/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyRep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) yelled at his driver on the way to the airport on Sept. 6, but the driver didn’t even bother to respond. It was a computer. Shuster, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was testing a driverless car, designed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers, on a 30-mile ride to Pittsburgh International Airport. One of the researchers was positioned in the driver’s seat — just in case. (Or maybe to make sure that people in other …