Look, no driver! Congressman braves 33-mile trip to the airport in driverless car
A Pennsylvania congressman has shown his high-tech side by catching a cutting-edge ride to the airport on Wednesday. Republican Representative Bill Shuster made a 33-mile trip from Cranberry Township to Pittsburgh International Airport at 11am on Wednesday in acomputer-operated car. The driverless Cadillac SRX was designed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers who have been working on the project since 2008. The car uses inputs from radars, laser rangefinders, and infrared cameras to maneuver in traffic.
Mr. 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 that was modified by Carnegie Mellon University went along local roads and highways operated by a computer that uses inputs from radars, laser rangefinders, and infrared cameras as it made a 33-mile trip to the Pittsburgh International Airport. A Carnegie Mellon engineer was in the driver’s seat as a safety precaution.
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