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San Francisco Aims To Rein In Tests Of Tech Ideas On Streets

Dec 10, 2019

In this April 17, 2018 file photo, a woman rides a motorized scooter in Washington Square Park in San Francisco.
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San Francisco leaders are tired of its streets being used as a testing ground for the latest delivery technology and transportation apps. They're considering requiring businesses to get permits before trying out new high-tech ideas in public.   

If the Board of Supervisors approves the idea Tuesday, a new office would oversee technology like delivery drones and hoverboards. Supporters believe it would be the first such legislation in the country. They say it's long overdue in a city that's a hub for major tech companies but is more accustomed to reacting to the sudden arrival of new technology. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group says the permit requirement would stifle innovation and burden business.