Self Driving Shuttles Welcomed in Montgomery County

Montgomery County Welcomes Self-Driving Shuttle

Plus: Sen. Nancy King replaced as head of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee; Hogan’s secret announcements anger other politicians

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Montgomery County welcomes self-driving shuttle

An autonomous vehicle is now on the roads of Montgomery County.

The Olli, an eight-passenger electric shuttle, will traverse a half-mile stretch on Gateway Center Drive between two offices run by Robotic Research, the company that provides the self-driving software.

It’s the first time Maryland’s Department of Transportation has granted permission for an autonomous vehicle to operate in the county. [WTOP]

Sen. Nancy King replaced as head of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee

State Sen. Guy Guzzone, a Howard County Democrat, will replace Montgomery County Sen. Nancy King as head of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.

King was offered the role of Senate Majority Leader and will assume the post when the General Assembly reconvenes. [Maryland Matters]

Hogan’s secret announcements anger other politicians

Gov. Larry Hogan has established a habit of surprise announcements, frustrating other politicians, but allowing him to control the narrative.

Hogan recently kept his plans to widen the American Legion Bridge a secret from Montgomery County lawmakers until the day of the announcement. He’s done the same for stadium negotiations with the Washington Redskins, land-swap talks with the U.S. Department of the Interior, supporting the Purple Line, and closing the Baltimore City jail. [Maryland Matters]

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