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Driverless Cars A Threat to Jobs (copy)

Uber employees test a self-driving car last August in Pittsburgh, where the ride company has been testing the technology.

Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday sought to advance the testing and operation of driverless cars in Wisconsin by creating a — wait for it — steering committee to study the issue.

The executive order creating the committee asks the group to advise the governor on next steps for studying the technology safely.

"This is great news for Wisconsin and has the potential to create jobs, spur economic growth, and strengthen mobility throughout the state," Walker said in a statement. "We have a long history of contributing to advancements in the automotive field, and I know we will rise to the challenge in this instance as well."

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The committee will be headed by a Department of Transportation official and include representatives from the Department of Transportation, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the state insurance commission, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the UW-Madison, the Wisconsin Technology Council, the governor's office, local law enforcement, a motorcycle advocacy organization, the trucking industry and three or more members from the "automated and connected vehicle technology sector," as well as six appointees chosen by legislative leadership from both parties, according to the executive order.

The committee is charged with identifying which state agencies should oversee testing and deploying driverless cars and study how best to regulate the technology.

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