Mark Rutte, Netherlands PM, Makes History as First World Leader to Experience Self-Driving Car

Mark Rutte, Netherlands PM, Makes History as First World Leader to Experience Self-Driving Car
Netherlands PM, Mark Rutte in San Francisco (Image Credit: Times Now World)

Netherlands PM tests Self-driving car

Prime Minister of Netherlands, Mark Rutte recently became the first world leader to try out a self-driving car. He and his team tested a Waymo autonomous vehicle during his visit to the United States. The Consul General of the Netherlands in San Francisco, Dirk Jensen, shared the historic moment on social media.

Jensen tweeted, “Prime Minister Rutte took a ride in a Waymo self-driving car on the streets of Phoenix, making him the first world leader to do so.” He also mentioned that during the ride, the PM learned more about the “development and safety of autonomous vehicles in the United States.”

In a video of the experience, Rutte seemed impressed with the technology, especially autonomous vehicles. During the visit, Consul General Jensen noted that Ben Loewenstein of Waymo discussed the “high level of innovation needed for the development of autonomous vehicles” with the Prime Minister.

It’s worth mentioning that Rutte recently resigned as the Dutch Prime Minister after 13 years in politics. The Dutch coalition government collapsed due to its inability to address the ongoing migrant crisis. In the subsequent elections, the Netherlands turned towards far-right leader Geert Wilders and his Party for Freedom, which won the elections held two weeks ago.

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