The Council of the District of Columbia
The Office of Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, Ward 3
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 17, 2012
Director of Communications: Kiara Pesante
o: 202-724-8089 c: 202-701-9439
Councilmember Cheh to Test Driverless Car at Google’s DC Office
Cars use GPS, traffic sensors, artificial intelligence to move on roads and highways
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Works, and Transportation, will take a test ride in Google’s new driverless car on Thursday, May 17th at 10:30 a.m. outside the Internet company’s DC offices.
WHO: Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3)
Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6)
David Glasser, General Counsel, Department of Motor Vehicles
WHAT: Driverless car demonstration
WHEN: Thursday, May 17th from 11 a.m. until noon
WHERE: Google DC (1101 New York Avenue, NW)
BACKGROUND: Last year, the Nevada state legislature passed the first law in the nation to permit testing of driverless cars. Nevada regulations, however, require a person behind the wheel and one in the passenger's seat during tests. This month, the state issued the first licenses for the cars to travel on state roads and highways. D.C. has yet to pass such regulations, but the Department of Motor Vehicles has granted special permission for Thursday’s test ride. The driverless car system permits a human driver to take control by stepping on the brake or turning the wheel. The car will take Councilmember Cheh for a short ride, approximately five to six minutes, through downtown D.C.
NOTE: Photography is strictly prohibited inside Google’s offices. Cameras are allowed outside during the demonstration, and members of the press may take photos and video of the car. Questions for Google should be directed to Jay Nancarrow at