Lawmakers to hold Q&A about driverless autos after test drive

A pair of lawmakers on the House Transportation Committee are planning to hold a Facebook question-and-answer session about driverless cars on Wednesday. 

The digital town hall comes as House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Bill ShusterWilliam (Bill) Franklin ShusterTrump talk riles advocates on both sides of gas tax GOP chairman: Trump infrastructure bill could be ready ‘closer to the summer’ Overnight Finance: Lawmakers, Treasury look to close tax law loopholes | Trump says he backs gas tax hike | Markets rise despite higher inflation | Fannie Mae asks for .7B MORE (R-Pa.) is planning to conduct test drives in a driverless car with lawmakers on Tuesday.

Reps. Larry BucshonLarry Dean BucshonLet's not ignore the benefits of 340B Drug Pricing Programs GOP lawmaker who treated train injuries discusses the accident Dem says ObamaCare repeal effort moves US ‘toward single-payer’ MORE (R-Ind.) and Bob GibbsRobert (Bob) Brian GibbsOhio to vote on redistricting reform Former Ohio football star faces conservative rival in GOP primary fight Overnight Energy: EPA moves to delay Obama water rule two years | Greens sue over Alaska refuge road | Trump official pledges to be coal’s advocate MORE (R-Ohio) said Monday that they would answer questions on the popular social media website about “their experiences riding in Carnegie Mellon University's driverless car and how innovations in transportation will shape our future.

“Bring your questions about driverless vehicles and connected vehicle technologies to the Transportation Facebook Page,” the lawmakers said in the announcement of the event. 

The development of driverless car prototypes by companies such has raised the possibility of vehicles one day being operated on U.S. roads without staple parts like steering wheels and manual braking systems. 

Some lawmakers have expressed uncertainty about the possibility of allowing cars on U.S. roads to drive themselves, but Shuster and other lawmakers on the Transportation Committee have gushed about them. 

Shuster raved about the driverless car technology after conducting a test drive last year, calling them "the future of transportation" after a test ride last 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.