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San Francisco has some thoughts on its robotaxi takeover

It still seems to support one; it just wants it to be done incrementally.

Images via Cruise and Waymo

A robotaxi takeover of the Golden City — while seemingly imminent — may take a while longer to roll out.

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) recently wrote two letters to the California Public Utilities Commission voicing concerns over the rapid expansion of Waymo and Cruise in the city.

The Alphabet and GM autonomous vehicle subsidiaries are currently allowed to offer driverless rides in the city. Cruise is permitted to charge for these rides between 10pm and 6am, and Waymo is awaiting similar approval.

Why the concern?

Consider these examples, gathered by The Verge:

For what it’s worth, the city seems generally supportive of the technology. “A series of limited deployments with incremental expansions — rather than unlimited authorizations — offer the best path toward public confidence in driving automation and industry success in San Francisco and beyond,” SFCTA wrote.

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