General Motors is aiming to stifle, and potentially bar, autonomous vehicle testing by Silicon Valley with new legislation the automaker had a hand in. The bill itself wants to ban any companies that are not established automakers from testing self-driving cars and technology, which puts Google, Uber and other companies in the crosshairs.
Automotive News reports the “Safe Autonomous Vehicles” bill is under consideration in several U.S. states and would allow established automakers to be the only companies to test fleets of autonomous vehicles. Currently, the state of California has granted rights to 22 companies to allow the testing of autonomous vehicles and technology. Less than half of those companies are automakers.
“This kind of anti-competitive bill will only slow down the rollout of live-saving technology and create an unlevel playing field at the expense of consumer safety,” Google’s Waymo said in a statement.
Companies such as Uber and Google have reportedly swayed Michigan legislators in changing the language to allow their companies to continue testing. The same cannot be said for similar bills under consideration in Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia and Maryland.