Global Automakers submitted written testimony to the New York Senate Transportation Committee’s hearing on SB 8243 which permits a driver to not have a hand on the steering mechanism of a vehicle while a driving automation system is engaged.  Global Automakers applauded New York’s proposal as an example of identifying a specific impediment and removing a barrier to innovation. While a state law requiring that a driver keep at least one hand on the wheel at all times makes sense in the context of conventional vehicles, it does not apply when an automated driving system can perform the steering function. Keeping this provision in place would needlessly impede the deployment of automated vehicles. Global Automakers therefore supports removing this specific barrier.