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ICYMI: McKinley Brings Together Experts and Industry Leaders for Self-Driving Car Summit at WVU


Fresh off the House passage of the bipartisan SELF DRIVE Act, Energy and Commerce member Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) brought together experts and industry leaders for a discussion on the development, deployment, and impact of self-driving cars at West Virginia University. General Motors, Toyota, Tesla, Uber, Ford, as well as WVU students and faculty joined this important discussion about safety, innovation, and ensuring that America is a leader in this emerging industry.

West Virginia’s potential to be a competitive player in the development of self-driving cars was a major focus of the event, as reported by WDTV, The Exponent Telegram, and  MetroNews.

WDTV: WVU hosts self-driving vehicle forum

Forums for the vehicles have been previously held in Washington. Due to the engineering programs throughout the state, advocates wanted to bring the technology here, and create a hub at WVU. Advocates for this technology believe bringing these advancements to West Virginia will help the state, as well as the university, become a powerhouse in the future.

“This is not going to happen within the next two or five years. We may be talking 10 to 20. But it is going to require a lot of input from scientists and engineering groups and research. I’m hoping the university will be a part of that,” McKinley said.

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The Exponent Telegram: Rep. McKinley hosts self-driving car forum in Morgantown

McKinley said he was inspired to host Wednesday’s event after participating in a hearing about autonomous vehicles put on by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“I wanted to assemble a group of the country’s experts from government and private enterprise to share what is being done to make sure this technology is efficient, safe, affordable and beneficial,” he said. “This information will be invaluable to us as we work together to diversify the economy of West Virginia.”

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MetroNews: Congressman wants investment in driverless vehicle’s future

West Virginia officials hope to bring new technology to the farmland. That was the goal set during the America First: Self-Self Driving Car Technology Forum Wednesday in Morgantown.

Officials from West Virginia University, Uber, and Congressman David McKinley (R-WV1) took part in the forum. McKinley believes that West Virginia could benefit from exploring the new technology.

“I think the impact it’s going to have in rural America — it’s one thing to have it in Downtown Pittsburgh and San Francisco,” McKinley said. “But how can this concept work in rural America?”

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting highlighted the increased mobility possible for seniors that could come with self-driving technologies.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting: McKinley brings national autonomous vehicles discussion to Morgantown

Executives from General Motors, Toyota, Tesla and Uber discussed some of the hurdles they’re facing and breakthroughs they’ve made during the forum Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

But the main idea behind the forum, McKinley said, is to simply raise awareness about the autonomous vehicle industry and the potential benefits for average citizens.

“Because now they’ve got a 92-year-old parent that can’t get around. But what if they could dial up and get a car to come pick them up and take them to the grocery store, take them doctor’s,” he said.

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The SELF DRIVE Ac, H.R. 3388, unanimously passed the Energy and Commerce Committee and the House of Representatives. The bill improves the ability to adapt federal safety standards to this emerging technology, and clarifies federal and state roles with respect to self-driving cars. Please click here to learn more.

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