Self-Driving Car Industry, Promising Safety, Pushes Back on DOT Plan to Regulate Testing

A cross section of representatives of autonomous vehicle companies demanded that the city Department of Transportation loosen proposed rules that would require driverless cars to operate “more safely than a human driver” before they can be tested on the mean streets of this town.

At a hearing on Wednesday, about a half-dozen autonomous car makers and their advocates said the proposed rules would turn New York City from an engine of innovation into a backwater that would set back the evolution of the potentially life-saving technology of computer-controlled cars and trucks that can move around without inferior human beings messing everything up.