City of Chicago has an obligation to establish a pro-technology economy to fuel growth and jobs
CHICAGO, IL – September 26, 2016 – Today Fred Hoch, CEO of the Illinois Technology Association (ITA), issued a statement opposing the current Chicago City Council ordinance to ban driverless cars.
“The government absolutely should not get in the way of the tech industry and technological innovation. This has become the biggest challenge to our community, as city and state officials seek to solve their financial problems and protect special interests through increased regulations targeted at industry disrupters like AirBnB and Uber. These measures fail to understand the implications of the long term, and actively hurt the perception of Chicago as a tech-friendly city. The transformational leap in urban mobility offered by driverless cars (not to mention the positive environmental and public safety impact) deserves honest billing by our politicians. The on-demand economy is disrupting old-money industries that have provided valuable revenue streams to the city and state, and the government is opting to burden those disrupters. It is failing to consider the impact these regulations place on Chicago’s ability to drive talent, investment and new innovation.”