Wisconsin needs to get ready for a future dominated by self-driving vehicles, industry leaders and academics told a Capitol hearing.

And that future is approaching — no matter what your view, according to Peter Rafferty, (pictured here) program manager for UW-Madison’s Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory.

“Autonomous vehicles are going to continue to proliferate, regardless,” Rafferty said Wednesday at an informational hearing for the Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy. “It’s not whether you agree or disagree with what’s going on — they are going to be happening.”

The TOPS lab was part of the effort that resulted in the U.S. DOT designating a Wisconsin-based partnership as one of 10 proving grounds for autonomous vehicles, or AVs. Read the full WisBusiness.com article here.