(Bloomberg) -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao called on Silicon Valley to “step up” and explain self-driving technology to help the public overcome its fears of robots taking the wheel.

“A lot of the technology comes from Silicon Valley,” Chao told reporters following a speech at a department-sponsored conference in Detroit. “They have a responsibility to educate the rest of the American public on the technologies they’re thinking about, technologies which are miles and miles ahead of most people’s understanding.”

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