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California Bureaucrats Cry 'Waymo!'

California Bureaucrats Cry 'Waymo!'
Waymo self-driving vehicles are displayed at the Google I/O 2018 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 8, 2018, in Mountain View, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Saturday, 03 November 2018 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Back in February of 2017 we wrote that the business climate in California was getting pretty bad when even the robots were fleeing the state’s anti-business government regulators. The comment came after the buccaneers at Uber learned California intended to ban even a “semi-self-driving” car testing program.

Uber’s response was a single word: “Goodbye.” (Complete details can be found here.)

Uber pulled up stakes and headed for Arizona where Google’s Waymo was already testing robot cars on the streets and roads of the Grand Canyon state. At the time Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey couldn’t help gloating just a bit, “We hope this cooperation and common-sense approach, combined with this state’s favorable climate, encourage even more companies to test autonomous vehicles in Arizona.”

A herd of Tech Bros leaving Silicon Valley to travel to a red state like Arizona — where people still have AOL email addresses — must have been too much for someone in authority to take. For it appears the regulatory Dr. Nos have undergone a sharp and sudden attitude adjustment.

The Verge reports that Waymo (see paragraph three) has been granted permission by California commissars to “operate fully driverless cars without human drivers behind the steering wheel on public roads in California. The company is the first to receive a driverless permit in the state.”

Even better, the formerly 'over-my-dead-body' bureaucrats had the gall to imply they had been working like beavers for years to make this joyous day arrive. “California has been working toward this milestone for several years, and we will continue to keep the public’s safety in mind as this technology evolves,” said California DMV director Jean Shiomoto in a statement.

Pardon us while we laugh uproariously.

The story goes on to announce Waymo plans to limit the driverless car testing to neighborhoods in Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Palo Alto. Waymo explained, “We know this area well.” It certainly should, the company headquarters is in Mountain View and starting the testing there should cut down on lawsuits from humans injured by human-less automobiles.

After all, any victims will stand a good chance of being Waymo or Google employees and they know which side of one’s bread is buttered. Or in this case, slathered with vegan-approved ‘Shedd's Country Crock.’

In the meantime, the rest of California business owners can only hope this dialing down of business hostility by a few notches will extend to other, less trendy businesses, like, say, home construction.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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