Google Self-Driving Car Project To Take Center Stage at Congressional Hearing | Edmunds

Google Self-Driving Car Project To Take Center Stage at Congressional Hearing


WASHINGTON Google's self-driving car project will be scrutinized at a Congressional hearing set for March 15, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation announced.

The hearing is entitled "Hands Off: The Future of Self-Driving Cars."

"The hearing will explore advancements in autonomous vehicle technology and its anticipated benefits for Americans," the committee said in a statement. "Witnesses have been asked to testify on their continued efforts to develop automated vehicles, their view on the appropriate role of government in promoting innovation, including removing unnecessary hurdles, and their strategy to grow consumer adoption of this new technology.

Chris Urmson, the director of self-driving cars at Google, will testify at the hearing.

The Google project came under study last month after one of its self-driving cars struck a public bus in Mountain View, California.

Google said it bears "some responsibility" for the crash.

Executives from General Motors, Delphi Automotive and Lyft, a ride-hailing service will also testify at the hearing.

Edmunds says: Interested consumers will be able to watch a live video of the hearing on Commerce.senate.gov.

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