Self-driving trucks might roll in California after all.
Gov. Gavin Newsom's office has signaled his opposition to legislation that would permanently ban driverless big rigs from operating on the state's public roads.
The bill, AB 316, had been gaining momentum in the state Assembly and is backed by labor unions — notably the Teamsters. But a letter from one of Newsom's senior advisers to Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, the bill's author, suggests it has reached a dead end.
Restrictions on autonomous trucking would undermine existing regulations, hinder supply chain efficiency and hamper California's economic competitiveness, according to the Aug. 15 letter, first reported by Politico.