Self-Driving Car Industry, Promising Safety, Pushes Back on NYC’s DOT Plan to Regulate Testing

At a hearing on Wednesday, about a half-dozen autonomous car makers and their advocates said the proposed rules [PDF] would turn New York City from an engine of innovation into a backwater that would set back the evolution of the potentially life-saving technology of computer-controlled cars and trucks that can move around without inferior human beings messing everything up.

“New York City has always been a place of creativity and innovation, but these rules would make New York one of the least hospitable cities in the U.S. for AV development,” said Montana Williams, director of State and Local Public Policy for the Chamber of Progress, an advocacy group.