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September 4, 2013

Shuster to ride in driverless car

PITTSBURGH — A local congressman is planning a trip to the airport in a driverless car.

Rep. Bill Shuster, a Republican from Hollidaysburg, 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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