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Carnegie Mellon University to Host Transportation Committee Chairman on 30 Mile Highway Trip in Driverless Car

Washington DC, Aug 30, 2013 | Jim Billimoria, Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446 | comments
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Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) will join Barry Schoch, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, as  Carnegie Mellon University‚Äôs driverless 2011 Cadillac SRX transports them from surburban Cranberry to Pittsburgh International Airport. The vehicle will safely and autonomously navigate the 30-mile route, which includes multi-lane, high-speed highway traffic with complex traffic lights as well as low-speed, single lane connecting roads and multiple intersections.  On arrival at the airport, Chairman Shuster, Secretary Schoch, Raj Rajkumar, director of the Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation (T-SET) and co-director of the CMU-General Motors Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab and other officials will be available to talk about the future of autonomous driving and the importance of maintaining US innovation leadership and long-term vision in this vital sector of our economy.

News media also will be afforded an opportunity to experience riding the self-driving Cadillac after the news conference.

When: The car will arrive at the terminal at approximately 11:35 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 4. A news conference will follow immediately.

Where: Third floor on the far side of the US Airways ticketing area of the Pittsburgh International Airport landside building. Parking is available for media in the courier lot located at the north end of the Landside building. Follow the signs for commercial vehicles to Commercial Arrivals. The taxicab holding lot is on the left. Take the first right following the holding lot. This road is marked with a sign "Emergency Access Road." Take the first left into the Courier Lot. It is marked with a sign "Authorized Vehicles Only."

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