Frazier Releases Statement on Uber’s Testing of Autonomous Vehicles

Friday, December 16, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Today, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) released the following statement regarding Uber’s unpermitted testing of autonomous vehicles:

“California is the leading state for testing autonomous vehicles and this new technology has been praised for its potentially life-saving safety benefits. Disagreements may exist over the state’s role in the development of these vehicles; however, it is clear that development and testing of self-driving cars must take place according to the law with public safety as the chief concern.

“Uber’s deployment of unpermitted self-driving cars in San Francisco puts public safety in jeopardy. Individual companies cannot be allowed to twist their legal responsibilities due to minor inconveniences they may face.

“Uber should cease operations of these unlawful activities until they obtain the mandatory permits from the DMV and comply with the necessary legal requirements for testing that have been met by every other company in this field. I urge Uber to come into compliance with the law immediately and I call upon the DMV and law enforcement to impose every sanction necessary to protect the public.

“We cannot allow lives to be put at risk on California roads for the sake of one company’s commercial gain. I will do whatever it takes to ensure that our drivers and pedestrians, our friends and our families, are kept safe.”

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Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.

CONTACT: Ella Strain, 916-319-2011, Ella.Strain@asm.ca.gov