Waymo self-driving cars block a San Francisco dead-end street.
Residents on a “dead-end” street in San Francisco allege self-driving cars are causing traffic congestion.
According to local television station KPIX, Waymo’s cars have been travelling up and down the cul-de-sac at all hours of the day and night “for weeks.”
Residents claim that automobiles must occasionally queue before performing multi-point turns to exit the area. Waymo claims the vehicles are simply “following road restrictions” intended to keep traffic to a minimum in specific residential areas.
It can go up to 50 degrees on some days, Jennifer King told KPIX. It happens every five minutes or so. This is what we hear because we’re all working from home. “
“They don’t have much to say other than that the car is programmed and they’re just doing their job,” she added of the human “safety drivers” who supervise the automated automobiles.
According to a Waymo representative, the cars occasionally took a detour due to the existence of one of San Francisco’s “slow streets,” which try to reduce traffic in select residential areas.
We are always adapting to the changing regulations of the road in San Francisco. Due to the existence of slow street signage on the lake, motorists travelling north on 15th Avenue must make a u-turn in this situation, according to the firm.
As a result, the Waymo driver was following the same traffic laws as any other vehicle. Elon Musk, whose Tesla car business is also seeking automated driving, simply tweeted “Haha” in response to a news item about the Waymo troubles.
Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet, began testing its self-driving taxi service in San Francisco earlier this year, with specialists at the wheel who can take over if necessary. Because self-driving cars are such a new technology, there have been numerous stories of disasters and failures all around the world.
A Waymo cab in Arizona stopped a road in May after being perplexed by the sight of a traffic cone. Since October 2020, the firm has been offering its driverless ride-hailing service in Phoenix, Arizona.