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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Joins House Committee to Examine Self-Driving Cars

November 15, 2016
Press Release

Please click here or on the image below to watch Bilirakis's questioning



Today, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, joined his colleagues on the committee to examine the potential impact of self-driving cars on the economy and our entire transportation system. 

“The technology we have today has the potential to completely redefine how we commute to work, drop the kids off at school, and travel the country,” said Bilirakis. “Self-driving cars also hold the prospect of making cars safer, reducing the number of fatalities on the road, and increasing mobility for the elderly and those with disabilities. While government should monitor the driverless car industry appropriately, it is also government’s job to encourage innovative technologies and not hinder growth.”  

During the hearing, Bilirakis questioned National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official, Dr. Mark Rosekind, regarding the safety measures necessary for getting driverless cars to market, and how regulators can ensure they do not limit the capabilities of this emerging technology.

For more information on the hearing, titled “Disrupter Series: Self Driving Cars,” please click here.