Editor's note: In the original version of this article Grayson Brulte's last name was incorrectly spelled. It has been corrected.
Reporting on self-driving cars gives journalists a chance to rise above the ideological bickering that defines most of the national debate today. The operating standards of sensor configurations or specs on a software stack don't exactly appeal to partisan fodder.
But on Thursday, the announcement that 15 mobility companies -- including banner names such as Uber, Lyft, and Zipcar and smaller upstarts such as Via and Ola -- have signed on to a pledge to adhere to core principles for ethical deployment of self-driving vehicles set off a small skirmish online between progressive advocates of shared mobility and free market-types skeptical of heavy-handed control of development of this new technology. It foreshadows the debate to come, when self-driving cars hit the streets en masse and cities and states across the nation have to make tough decisions on what is and is not allowable in their jurisdictions.