Google Cautions California DMV Not to Over-Regulate Self-Driving Cars


Google company officials warned the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday against establishing a government process for measuring the safety of driverless cars.

Google representatives spoke Tuesday morning at a public workshop attended by more than 100 car manufacturers, state workers, lobbyists and safety advocates. Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) officials argued that the technology behind autonomous vehicles is too intricate for state government representatives to fully grasp -- and therefore regulate. Google instead suggested that the tech giant show regulators its own safety process.

"This is a dangerous route you are taking," said Bryan Salesky, program manager for Google's self-driving cars unit. He was referring to the possibility that state officials will establish their own process for assessing the safety of these cars.

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