On Friday, the swamp drainer signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill which includes $100 million to further the development of automated cars.
No one asked why the government is involved in this business.
If automated cars are such a grand idea, then why not let the market pay for them – rather than taxpayers? No one asked that question, either.
The Department of Transportation has designated 10 proving ground pilot sites to “encourage testing, validation and information sharing related to self-driving technologies.”
Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, have led the push to fund the proving grounds, one of which is the American Center for Mobility located at the former Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township, Mich.
The legislation directs the secretary of transportation to develop an autonomous vehicle research plan within six months.
The AV START Act, which would set ground rules for development and operation of self-driving cars on public roads, is stalled in the Senate because of safety objections by a handful of lawmakers.