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California Lawmakers Rally for Tighter Rules on Self-Driving Vehicles

California lawmakers and labor unions are advocating for stricter legislation to regulate autonomous vehicles (AVs) following recent accidents involving self-driving taxis from General Motors and Alphabet. These incidents, including a Waymo vehicle being torched during Chinese New Year celebrations and a GM Cruise robotaxi dragging a pedestrian, have heightened safety concerns. State lawmakers are proposing two bills: one to grant cities control over AV permits and enforcement, and another requiring human drivers in self-driving trucks over 10,001 pounds. The Teamsters union supports these measures, highlighting safety risks and job losses associated with AV deployment. Despite opposition from tech companies, including Waymo and Cruise, California is reconsidering regulations on AVs, which Governor Gavin Newsom will evaluate if the bill reaches his desk.

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