House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said he enjoyed his ride in a driverless car this week, calling the technology "impressive" and "the future of transportation."
Shuster rode from Pennsylvania’s Carnegie Mellon University to the Pittsburgh International Airport on Wednesday in a driverless 2011 Cadillac SRX that is owned by the school.
The committee released video of the ride on Thursday, and Shuster said lawmakers should prepare themselves for the likelihood of more driverless automobiles being on the road.
Shuster praised the driverless car technology for rapidly improving from earlier models.
“Driverless vehicles have come a long way since 2007, when I saw Carnegie Mellon’s earlier prize-winning version of this type of car,” he said. “That model was so packed with equipment it couldn’t hold passengers, but today, four of us rode comfortably in a car that safely drove us in various traffic conditions. In only a few years, we may see driverless vehicles incorporated in the country’s automobile fleet.”