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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis: “We can harness technology being used today to make self-driving cars safer in the future”

March 28, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing this morning on preparing the innovative technology of self-driving cars for commercial deployment. Specifically, Bilirakis examined how this technology could help elderly and disabled individuals in the Tampa Bay area.

“While consumers are still years away from getting their hands on fully automated cars, we can harness technology being used today to make self-driving cars safer in the future,” said Bilirakis. “Year after year, drivers in Florida have seen a steady uptick in traffic accidents and fatalities. Self-driving cars have the potential to make cars safer, reduce the number of deaths on the road, and make it easier for the elderly and those with disabilities to get around. I look forward to our work on the committee as we continue examining this innovative and transformative technology.”

Bilirakis also questioned witnesses on how some of today’s driver assistance technologies, like blind spot detection and lane departure warning, are paving the way for complete vehicle autonomy. 

Click here for more information on today’s hearing, including witness statements and testimonies.