Mayor SRB Catches a Ride in Google’s Driverless Cars

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Over the weekend, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake went for a spin in a driverless car–and lived to tell the tale.

Google invited a handful of mayors from across the country to take a test ride in one of the company’s new self-driving cars, which will either save lives and transform the economy or put us all at the mercy of sinister hackers. (Probably something in between those two scenarios, actually.) The test drives were a part of the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, a notoriously traffic-plagued city.

“The car was more careful than I expected it to be,” Rawlings-Blake told USA Today. “It was a little like driving with my mother.” She also said that she’d welcome the technology in Baltimore, where it could be used not only to ease congestion, but also to help seniors and others with mobility issues. “The uses are endless,” she Tweeted. Some experts expect autonomous cars to become widely available as soon as 2020. Prepare for the future, Baltimore.



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