Hands Off: The Future of Self-Driving Cars

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled “Hands Off: The Future of Self-Driving Cars” on Tuesday, March 15, at 2:30 p.m.

The hearing will explore advancements in autonomous vehicle technology and its anticipated benefits for Americans. Witnesses have been asked to testify on their continued efforts to develop automated vehicles, their views on the appropriate role of government in promoting innovation including removing unnecessary hurdles, and their strategy to grow consumer adoption of this new technology.
•    Dr. Chris Urmson, Director of Self-Driving Cars, Google X
•    Mr. Mike Ableson, Vice President, Strategy and Global Portfolio Planning, General Motors Company
•    Mr. Glen DeVos, Vice President, Global Engineering and Services, Electronics and Safety, Delphi Automotive
•    Mr. Joseph Okpaku, Vice President of Government Relations, Lyft
•    Dr. Mary (Missy) Louise Cummings, Director, Humans and Autonomy Lab and Duke Robotics, Duke University
* Witness list subject to change

Hearing Details:

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
2:30 p.m.

Full Committee hearing
This hearing will take place in Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

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• Periodical Press Gallery – 202-224-0265

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• Daily Press Gallery – 202-224-0241

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Majority Statement

  • Chairman John Thune

Minority Statement

  • Bill Nelson


  • Dr. Chris Urmson

    Director of Self-Driving Cars
    Google X
    Download Testimony (311.27 KB)
  • Mr. Mike Ableson

    Vice President, Strategy and Global Portfolio Planning
    General Motors Company
  • Mr. Glen DeVos

    Vice President, Global Engineering and Services, Electronics and Safety
    Delphi Automotive
    Download Testimony (376.52 KB)
  • Mr. Joseph Okpaku

    Vice President of Government Relations
  • Dr. Mary (Missy) Louise Cummings

    Director, Humans and Autonomy Lab and Duke Robotics
    Duke University