Congressman takes ride in driverless car

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 4, 2013 2:32 PM
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(Pittsburgh) -- A computer-operated car has taken a Pennsylvania congressman for a ride.

Congressman Bill Shuster, a Republican whose district includes parts of the midstate, made a 33-mile trip from Cranberry Township to Pittsburgh International Airport this morning in a self-driven car designed by Carnegie Mellon University.

Shuster is the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and he was accompanied by Barry Schoch, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The Cadillac SRX was driven along local roads and highways by a computer that uses inputs from radars, laser rangefinders, and infrared cameras.

The car reached speeds of 65 mph, and a Carnegie Mellon engineer was in the driver's seat as a safety precaution. A camera recorded the trip and streaming video is available online.

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