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Senate Told Self-Driving Vehicles Are "Not Ready"

Posted on March 16, 2016

While “wholeheartedly” supporting the research and development of self-driving vehicles, a Duke University robotics expert warned the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation against rushing implementation of the technology.

“I am decidedly less optimistic about what I perceive to be a rush to field systems that are absolutely not ready for widespread deployment, and certainly not ready for humans to be completely taken out of the driver’s seat,” said Duke University robotics expert Mary Louise Cummings in a testimony to the committee on Tuesday.

The hearing was titled “Hands Off: The Future of Self-Driving Cars,” and included participation from Google X, General Motors Company, Delphi Automotive, and Lyft, all interested in developing driverless cars.

R&D Magazine article here

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