Robotaxis are cleared for operating in San Francisco

Onur Demirkol
Aug 13, 2023
Updated • Aug 11, 2023

Robotaxis are now cleared for operating in San Francisco after a 6-hour hearing. Waymo and Cruise were granted access to conduct their businesses in the area despite all the opposing ideas.

After a heated six-hour public hearing in which locals expressed their support and disapproval of the cars, Waymo and Cruise were given permission to run their paid robotaxi services 24/7 in San Francisco. Operators of autonomous vehicles, who have invested tens of billions in the technology with little to show for it, are winners in this situation.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) granted the two businesses permission to use their cars across the city of San Francisco at any time of day and charge fares in a 3-to-1 decision.

“Today is the first of many steps in bringing AV transportation services to Californians,” said CPUC Commissioner John Reynolds at the end of the hearing.

Robotaxis can now operate in San Francisco

Robotaxis now effectively has unrestricted access to the projection and its population as a result of the vote in their favor. They may now function in a manner like Uber or Lyft and offer trips to anybody in the city at any time for a fee.

Waymo hailed the decision as "a major moment" in the development of driverless cars. According to Tekedra Mawakana, co-CEO of Waymo, "Today's permit marks the true beginning of our commercial operations in San Francisco."

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Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise, referred to it as "a huge milestone for the AV industry, but even more importantly, a signal to the country that CA prioritizes progress over our tragic status quo."

A range of perspectives, many of them from the handicapped population, discussed the benefits and drawbacks of autonomous ride-hailing services throughout the six-and-a-half-hour session. Residents opposed to the corporations complained that robot cars were permitted to run roughshod over the city, malfunctioning automobiles broke down in the midst of intersections, and that there were already too many cars on the streets.


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  1. Andrew said on August 14, 2023 at 3:23 am

    What’s a robot axis?

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