San Francisco Balks at Expanding Driverless Car Services on City’s Roads

Driverless cars have become a common sight in San Francisco over the past year, guided by electronic sensors. However, plans to expand driverless taxi services by companies like Cruise and Waymo are facing resistance from officials and activists. This debate reflects differing opinions on the safety and convenience of autonomous vehicles. The success of these cars in San Francisco could impact their viability in other cities and validate the significant investments made in autonomous driving technology. The California Public Utilities Commission is deciding whether to permit paid driverless rides by these companies throughout the city. Concerns include the cars’ response to unexpected obstacles, potential job displacement, and interference with emergency services. The process is a point of contention, with community groups expressing frustration over state control and its impact on local decision-making.