Friday, 15 October 2021 19:33

Onslaught of Puzzled Waymo Cars Upsets San Francisco Neighborhood

Written by Steven Loveday, Inside EVs


...the cars to exit, not to mention for residents to come and go with ease.


Some neighbors have talked to the safety drivers of the cars, and they won't share much. They figure the Waymo vehicles are programmed to take the route on their own, so the safety drivers are just doing their job.


This has been going on now for some six to eight weeks, according to residents. Fortunately, there have been no reports of pedestrian or pet injuries, or damage to anyone's property, though the potential for an issue in a residential neighborhood with constant autonomous traffic is a bit scary.


Meanwhile, Tesla is using owners to test the Beta version of its Full Self-Driving software. However, the drivers are in control of the vehicle at all times. If a car with FSD Beta entered the neighborhood and couldn't figure out what to do or how to turn around, the driver could simply engage and exit. Chances are, the Tesla owner wouldn't ever head back down that street.


The fact these Waymo cars are reportedly programmed to enter a residential neighborhood day in and day out for months is just peculiar, and the residents are looking for answers. Fortunately, after a call from CBS, Waymo said it's going to look into the situation.


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