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David Clarke
David Clarke

Center for Transportation Research Director David Clarke, considered an expert in the field of rail transportation, safety, and shipping, recently talked to Motherboard about the future of driverless trains.

Motherboard, on online magazine that describes itself as “dedicated to the intersection of technology, science and humans,” posed the question as to why, given all the automation-related technologies in place, the use of driverless trains hasn’t become a widespread phenomenon.

“It’s certainly technically possible,” said Clarke, who also serves as a research associate professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “The technology has been around for 20 to 30 years at least.”

Clarke went on to discuss pros and cons of the technology at length with the magazine. The full interview can be read at Motherboard.