There was nothing particularly hard-hitting on a day when an FCC commissioner stepped into a boxing ring with a 3-year-old, but Brendan Carr did confirm his agency’s keen interest in autonomous vehicles and suggest that his agency will attempt to clear the road for them.

He also gave a rough timeline for the next step in the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint.

“There’s really a global race underway for these autonomous vehicles,” Carr said between rounds of a day-long Metro Detroit tour. Given their importance to the economy and driving safety, “We really can’t afford to slow down or delay the progress that’s being made toward connected vehicles.”