San Mateo County is having second thoughts about allowing driverless cars

San Mateo County’s Board of Supervisors says it wants the California Public Utility Commission to reconsider allowing Waymo to operate in the county. The board is also supporting a proposed bill that will allow local governments to decide if they want driverless cars on the road.

The Board cited safety concerns and technical issues as major factors in its stance. Senator Dave Cortese also says the bill will give local governments more control and hold driverless car companies more accountable.

“”This technology is not ready for primetime”” said David Canepa, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Vice President.

San Mateo County Board Supervisor David Canepa says the board has unanimously decided to support Senate Bill 915, which will give local governments the power to decide if it wants driverless cars on its streets. Right now, the CPUC decides where driverless companies can operate, and it approved Waymo’s application to expand to San Mateo County last month.

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