San Francisco city requests cancellation due to the problem of `` rushing into the fire scene and disturbing firefighters '' and `` sudden stop in the middle of traffic '' by Cruise and Waymo's robot taxi
In San Francisco, California, transportation officials canceled or scaled back plans after autonomous vehicles from Cruise and Waymo, which were licensed to drive without a driver, stalled on the road and disrupted emergency services. I understand that you are looking for
San Francisco looks to hit brakes on self-driving cars
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Cruise, a subsidiary of American automaker General Motors (GM), launched a commercial self-driving taxi service in San Francisco in June 2022. Also, Waymo, a subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet, can not take a fee, but has started completely unmanned driving without a driver.
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However, after that, San Francisco's transportation authorities will be troubled by the problem of Cruise and Waymo's self-driving cars.
In July 2022, Cruise's robo-taxis suddenly stopped while driving, causing traffic jams for several hours, and a similar problem occurred in September.
In response, the U.S. Department of Transportation Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation in December due to concerns that ``Cruise vehicles may brake or stop inappropriately and cause rear-end collisions.'' A Waymo self-driving car also got stuck in the middle of an intersection on January 24, 2023, causing a traffic jam in San Francisco during rush hour.
Another problem is the obstruction of rescue operations. According to San Francisco news media The San Francisco Standard, a large-scale fire occurred in a residential area of San Francisco in the early morning of January 22, and a Cruise vehicle entered the scene while firefighters were extinguishing the fire. thing. In order to prevent Cruise's self-driving car from stepping on the fire hose and not being able to get water out, firefighters were forced to break the car's front window and force it to stop.
In addition, there was an incident in which an emergency call was made to 911 from a Cruise vehicle saying that ``the passenger has become unresponsive'', and when the ambulance team rushed to it, the passenger was just sleeping.
Due to a number of accidents in the months since regulators allowed robot taxis, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority wrote in a (PDF file) letter to the California Public Utilities Commission, ``Cruise's self-driving car is , made unplanned and unpredictable stops in the driving lane, disrupting traffic and transportation services, and intruded into active emergency response sites, including firefighting sites, creating additional hazards. If the agency grants comprehensive approvals to both Cruise and Waymo, the hazards and transportation impacts of self-driving vehicles would immediately disrupt most travelers in San Francisco.' I asked for a review.
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority concludes that Waymo has relatively few reported incidents and accidents, but that this is likely due to the short mileage rather than the high performance of Waymo's self-driving cars.
Responding to traffic authorities' concerns, a Cruise spokesperson said, 'Cruise's publicly reported safety record includes life-threatening injuries and fatalities, even while traveling long distances in highly complex urban environments. There is also a record that it was zero, ”he commented.
A Waymo spokeswoman said, ``Letters like this are standard in the regulatory process, and we have long had a healthy dialogue with California officials and government agencies. Waymo will also have the opportunity to respond on this matter in its forthcoming regulatory filings.'
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