How Autonomous Vehicles Will Shape the Future of Surface Transportation, Hearing Before the Subcommittee On Highways and Transit of the Committee On Transportation And Infrastructure, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, November 19, 2013   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the November 19, 2013 hearing, "How Autonomous Vehicles Will Shape the Future of Surface Transportation," before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. From the opening statement of Tom Petri: "Today's hearing will focus on how autonomous vehicles will shape the future of surface transportation. These vehicles have the potential to offer incredible safety and mobility benefits to drivers and fundamentally transform transportation infrastructure as we know it. It's important to understand exactly what autonomous vehicles are. Some vehicles currently available to consumers have computer technology that performs some driving functions such as automatic parallel parking and adaptive cruise control. These features are considered a basic level of autonomy, but the purpose of today's hearing is to discuss the impacts of more advanced levels of autonomy that could be available to the public in the next ten to twenty years. More advanced autonomous vehicles are capable of alerting drivers to danger and controlling a vehicle's brakes and steering during certain situations where the driver reacts too slowly. These vehicles will blend human control with autonomous systems to make for a more convenient and safer driving experience. The most advanced level of autonomous vehicle is capable of navigating roads with limited or no action from the driver by utilizing a variety of optical sensors, radar, and computer algorithms. The sensors deliver environmental data of the road and surrounding vehicles into the computer algorithm which then determines the appropriate driving maneuver. These vehicles do not suffer from intoxicated or fatigued driving and are able to react to dangerous driving situations faster than a human driver. Many auto manufacturers have developed prototypes that one day could be offered to consumers. Carnegie Mellon University has developed and tested one such vehicle at their University Transportation Center, and we will hear from the director of their program today." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tom Petri, David Strickland, Kirk Steudle, Mike Robinson, Andrew Christensen, Raj Rajkumar, and Joshua Schank.

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