State Sen. Steve Gooch says Georgia’s facing a billion-dollar transportation problem in the coming years. He would know: Gooch (R-Dahlonega) is one of the co-chairmen of the Georgia General Assembly’s Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding. Speaking to a group in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Nov. 13, Gooch said the state relies too heavily on federal dollars to pay for transportation needs, so his committee is considering its options.
Imagine sharing the highway with cars driven by computers rather than people. Google is rather famously experimenting with such self-driving vehicles. And a Georgia General Assembly study committee is weighing the issues around allowing these driverless cars on the state’s roads. The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Michael Hunter has served as an expert witness for the committee and outlined some of the issues in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution guest column Oct. 7.
A Georgia House of Representatives committee is studying what hurdles the state would face if it allowed driverless cars on roadways. Associate Professor Michael Hunter was a key witness at a hearing last week, outlining some of the engineering and traffic problems that will have to be solved if lawmakers decide to allow the autonomous vehicles.