S.F. says incidents by Cruise, Waymo driverless taxis are ‘skyrocketing.’

Autonomous taxi company Cruise is advocating for the ability to charge for rides at all hours of the day in San Francisco, but city officials have concerns about incidents involving the vehicles. The Fire Department has reported a significant increase in the number of incidents involving driverless taxis, including instances in which the vehicles have blocked emergency responders and engaged in erratic behavior near pedestrians and cyclists. Cruise and Waymo argue that their driverless taxis have lower collision rates than human drivers and improve traffic safety by adhering to speed limits. However, city officials are calling for the companies to improve their technology before allowing them to charge for unrestricted rides.


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