A group of state legislators went to the State Highway Patrol test track on Monday to ride in Teslas, Toyotas and other cars that can park themselves and go down the highway without their drivers touching the accelerator or the steering wheel.
None of the cars was truly autonomous in a way that would allow them to move around without a driver. But the legislators know that day is coming, which is why they were out there seeing what features automakers offer today on the path toward self-driving cars. These members of a House transportation committee will help determine how North Carolina will adapt as the auto industry shifts from human-driven, gas-powered vehicles to electric autonomous ones.
This will be the largest transition for transportation since the horseless carriage, said Rep. John Torbett, a Republican from Gaston County and the committees chairman. And my neighbors dont know that yet.
In addition to riding around the test track in cutting-edge cars, the legislators also heard from representatives of Uber, General Motors, Toyota and others who follow the development of auto technology.
They described a not-too-distant future in which cars will be electric; autonomous and connected to each other and their surroundings; ...