On his second full day as Mayor, Darrell Steinberg joined state and congressional leaders to promote Sacramento as a "test lab" for companies working on technology for driverless cars.
Mayor Steinberg spoke at the California Automobile Museum along with Congresswoman Doris Matsui and state Senator Richard Pan. His message to companies in the driverless car sector? Choose Sacramento.
"If not here, then where? Why shouldn't the capital city of the most important state of the union that's on the forefront of the climate movement, why shouldn't we be the place where this technology is developed and tested?"
The Mayor is inviting tech companies and car manufacturers to make Sacramento an "open-source platform" for the development of self-driving cars.
The move comes as the DMV this week asked Uber to stop testing autonomous vehicles in San Francisco, saying the company lacks the required permitting.