Monthly Archives: September 2014

Driverless cars: Lawmakers shouldn’t stymie innovation

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: September 29, 2014

THANKS to technological advancements, the idea of a fully automated “driverless” car is moving closer to reality. The greatest threat to such progress may no longer be logistical challenges, but the potential for burdensome regulation.

In “Removing Roadblocks to Intelligent Vehicles and Driverless Cars,” a working paper issued by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, authors Adam Thierer and Ryan Hagemann argue that state policies should facilitate “permissionless innovation” as much as possible.

They say that “generally speaking, patience and humility are the wise policy virtues when considering what to do about highly disruptive technologies. Living in fear of hypothetical worst-case scenarios and basing policy
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Uber plays hardball but fails to win the game

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 4:56pm PDT, Patrick Hoge, San Francisco Business Times

Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla says the “relentless” confrontational tactics in the state Capitol by the “ridesharing” services Uber Technologies and Lyft made the process for setting insurance requirements for peer-to-peer transportation companies one of the most difficult legislative battles of her career.

“It’s the most difficult bill I’ve been involved in, other than doing a budget with no money and huge deficits,” said Bonilla regarding AB 2993, which the legislature passed last week and forwarded to the governor’s office for signature. “This one, in terms of feeling it was such a relentless struggle to get to a point of reasonable compromise, it certainly
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