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Waymo’s Driverless Service Approved in LA Despite Safety Concerns

Waymo has gained approval to operate its driverless Waymo One service in Los Angeles and expand into parts of the Bay Area, despite facing opposition from city and county officials. The California Public Utilities Commission approved Waymo’s bid for expansion, prompting mixed reactions from local authorities. While concerns about Waymo vehicles blocking emergency vehicles and incidents in San Francisco have been raised, the company received support from advocacy groups and highlighted its safety record. Waymo plans to proceed cautiously with its robotaxi service expansion, emphasizing collaboration with local communities and officials. Meanwhile, controversies surrounding driverless rideshare companies, including incidents involving Cruise in San Francisco, have fueled mistrust and raised questions about the pace of their deployment.

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