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Pa. congressman to test driverless CMU car

September 4, 2013
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania congressman is planning a trip to the airport in a driverless car.

Rep. Bill Shuster, a Republican from Altoona, plans to make the 33-mile trip to Pittsburgh International Airport at about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

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

A human will be in the driver's seat as a safety precaution, but the Cadillac SXR will be driven by Carnegie Mellon's software, which uses inputs from radars, lidars and infrared cameras.

Carnegie Mellon says a video camera in the car will provide a live stream of the trip.





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