Matzie test drives self-driving car

HARRISBURG, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, today joined representatives from Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering to test drive an autonomous vehicle around the Capitol.

Matzie road in Carnegie Mellon’s autonomous Cadillac SRX on closed-off streets in Harrisburg to get a close-up look at the new technology.

“Self-driving cars sound like the stuff of science fiction, but the reality is that they could be sharing the road with us in the next decade,” Matzie said. “They have the potential to transform how we think about transportation.”  

As a member of the House Transportation Committee, Matzie said his test drive will provide him insight as the committee works with PennDOT’s Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force.

“Self-driving cars are being used by Uber in Pittsburgh right now. Western Pennsylvania has evolved into a technology and education hub, and we are poised to be at the forefront of this exciting technology. This has the potential to be a boon to our economy, while creating a substantial number of job opportunities throughout our region,” Matzie said.