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Computer Operated Car

September 9, 2013

CadillacSafetyTechnologies07.jpgA computer-operated car has taken a Pennsylvania congressman for a ride.

Representative Bill Shuster made a 33-mile trip from Cranberry Township to Pittsburgh International Airport at about 11 a.m. Wednesday in a self-driven car designed by Carnegie Mellon University.  Shuster is the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and he was accompanied by Barry Schoch, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The Cadillac SRX was driven along local roads and highways by a computer that uses inputs from radars, laser rangefinders, and infrared cameras. The car reached speeds of 65 mph, and a Carnegie Mellon engineer was in the driver’s seat as a safety precaution. Check out the video of the experience here!  It’s a little long, but pretty amazing.

So what does this mean in the future for insurance rates?  We all know that rates for teens and the elderly are higher.  Does this mean rates will flatten out and come way down as a result? It is going to be interesting to see how this technology evolves and how it affects your insurance costs.  I’m guessing it means good things.

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