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Congressman Will Hurd says he doesn't want government regulating things it doesn't understand, and that includes smart devices like internet-connected cameras, thermostats and other gadgets that currently number in the tens of billions globally. 

Hurd was speaking at EPIcenter's Internet of Things Summit, and believes that high-profile security breaches are driving consumers towards more secure devices.

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For the third consecutive session, the Texas legislature declined to pass legislation that would allow electric automaker Tesla to sell directly to consumers.

Lennon Maldonado

A Lincoln MKZ glides easily through a tight figure eight of cones on Southwest Research Institute's San Antonio Campus.

Researcher Mark Alban isn't driving, though behind the wheel, as the car completes its route.

"We can pretty much drive anywhere the computer can plot a path" says engineer Kris Kozak. 

Kozak uses a mounted tablet to select where the car should go and  the car accelerates towards the cones once again.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles

Towering cyclones hundreds of miles wide, ammonia snow, and deep plumes of moving ammonia -- scientists say Jupiter’s composition is completely different than the world first thought. 

Joey Palacios/Texas Public Radio

In Cattleman's Square, across from VIA Metropolitan Transit headquarters, buses flow in and out by the minute. A constant chirp let's passengers know a VIA bus is lowering it's ramp for a person in a wheelchair.  

VIA buses carried passengers 163 million miles in 2015 according to U.S. Department of Transportation numbers, but for the physically challenged, the final leg between the bus stop and their final destination is often the most difficult.

VIA VP of Information Technology Steve Young says in San Antonio and across the country those areas can be inaccessible.

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