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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.

What do you think about driverless cars?  Would you feel safe on the road?

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