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Shuster, Carnegie Mellon University Bringing Driverless Car to Washington, DC

CMU to Demonstrate Autonomous Vehicle Technology to Members of Congress

Washington, DC, June 23, 2014 | Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446 | comments
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Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) has invited Members of Congress for a ride through the Nation’s capital in Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) driverless car.  Shuster will commence the demonstration of the vehicle and the importance of technology to the future of transportation with a press conference adjacent to the Capitol.

What (updated June 23, 2014):

  • Press Conference and Demonstration of Autonomous Vehicle Technology
  • U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Peter Rogoff, Acting Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Dr. Cora Marrett, Deputy Director, National Science Foundation
  • Dr. Raj Rajkumar, Carnegie Mellon University
  • When:

  • 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 24, 2014
  • Where:

  • Maryland Avenue SW, between the United States Botanic Garden and the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC
  • Following the press conference, Members of Congress will have the opportunity throughout the day for a 20- to 30-minute ride in the driverless car along a route through the Washington area, which will include complex traffic patterns and highway travel.

    After the driverless car demonstrations, Members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will participate in a live Facebook Q&A about their experiences in the driverless car and the importance of innovation to the future of transportation.

    Last September, Chairman Shuster received a demonstration of CMU’s autonomous vehicle technology in Pennsylvania during a 30-mile ride from suburban Pittsburgh to Pittsburgh International Airport.  


    Click left for video of Chairman Shuster’s previous ride in CMU's driverless car.


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