House gears up for driverless car hearing

House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) has pronounced himself a fan of driverless cars, calling them “the future of transportation” after conducting a test drive earlier this fall.
“This technology has significant potential to make transportation safer and more efficient,” Shuster said in a statement released after his test drive. 
“We have to figure out how to embrace technology, in the way we build our infrastructure, comply with existing and future laws, and ensure the safety of the public,” he continued.
Other prominent Republicans, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, have heaped praise on the technology.
Gingrich referred to autonomous cars in his latest book as “the greatest breakthrough in automobiles since the internal combustion engine.”