Bangert: Look, no hands. The future has no driver

The question contemplated, perhaps unwittingly, by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and last week by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as they tested the mechanics and discussed social consequences of a driverless car, was: Can that never-get-old feeling really last forever?
U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon, a Republican from Indiana’s 8th District, was part of a test drive — really a test ride — in Carnegie Mellon’s 2011 Cadillac SRX equipped with computer sensors, radar, infrared cameras and everything else it needs to cruise through downtown traffic, apparently without incident. And without anyone touching the wheel, the accelerator or the brake.