STATEMENT: Lt. Governor Newsom on Driverless Vehicles


(Sacramento) - California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement on the draft regulations for the deployment of autonomous vehicles, released yesterday by the California Department of Motor Vehicles:

"These latest draft regulations may prove too onerous, create road blocks to innovation, and may ultimately drive the development of this promising industry to other states. Although the DMV is already a year behind schedule, I look forward to intensified dialogue between the state, manufacturers, and the public to improve the regulations.

"We must guard against unreasonably holding back California from doing what it does best - inventing the future."


The draft regulations require a specially licensed driver be present behind the wheel of an autonomous vehicle at all times, mandate third-party testing of vehicles, and create three-year deployment permits that only allow driverless vehicles to be leased to the public.

The DMV has scheduled two workshops next year to gather public input on the draft regulations before beginning formal rule-making, with the first to be held on January 28th in Sacramento and the second on February 2nd in Los Angeles. Text of draft regulations and workshop notice are available at