San Francisco asks state regulators to slow down driverless taxi rollout
San Francisco authorities send letter to California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) asking for mitigation Cruise and Waymo robo-taxi serviceciting security concerns.
Officials said that while they hoped that emerging driving automation technologies would help improve street safety and enhance fair and accessible mobility, following recent incidents in which self-driving vehicles blocked traffic and entered active emergency response scenarios, Both of these service extensions are “unreasonable”.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating Cruise in December.
The news was first reported by NBC News.
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“If the Commission approves sweeping mandates for Waymo and Cruise without timely holding licensees accountable for addressing operational issues in a transparent and incremental manner, the scale of these operational challenges could soon affect a significant portion of all San Francisco travelers ,” the letter read. Say it to Waymo. “These challenges require continued collaboration between industry and all levels of government. Collaboration is especially important because the climate emergency leaves little room for policy error; we cannot let the stark disparities in freedom of movement and resulting economic opportunity and public Hygienic deterioration”
Alphabet’s Waymo and General Motors’ Cruise both offer driverless services in the city.
“A series of limited deployments with incremental expansion—rather than unlimited mandates—provides the best way to give the public confidence in advancing automation and industry success in San Francisco and beyond,” the letter said.
Companies should be required to collect more performance data, and authorizations for fleet size expansion should be done in “limited increments” in dense inner-city core streets, during peak traffic hours and travel times, after companies complete, officials said. only authorized. Demonstrate that “they can operate a substantial number of commercial AVPS on the streets of San Francisco for at least several months without significant disruption to street operations and bus service.”
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“Cruise’s safety record is publicly reported and includes millions of miles driven in extremely complex urban environments with zero life-threatening injuries,” a Cruise spokesperson told Fox News Digital in a statement. Remarkably, the overwhelming majority of public comment — including advocates from the disability community, small businesses and local community groups — supports expanding Cruise’s all-electric driverless service to serve the entire city.”
“These letters are a standard part of the regulatory process, and we have long appreciated the healthy conversations we have with California city officials and government agencies,” a Waymo spokesperson told Fox News Digital in a statement. In addition, we look forward to discussing these issues through continued collaboration with public stakeholders.”
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Both Waymo and Cruise cited letters of support and positive reviews.
In December, Cruise received approval to expand the deployment to 24 hours a day and is currently awaiting approval from the CPUC.