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Waymo’s NorCal Peninsula Expansion Faces Regulatory Hurdles Amid Safety Concerns

Waymo’s plan to extend its driverless service along the Northern California Peninsula faces a four-month regulatory delay following controversies in San Francisco where robotaxis caused traffic disruptions, emergency vehicle blockages, and accidents, with Waymo’s rival Cruise being primarily blamed. Although supported by various business organizations, including chambers of commerce and advocacy groups, opposition from San Mateo County and South San Francisco led to the suspension of Waymo’s application by the California Public Utilities Commission. This delay aims to address public safety concerns raised by incidents involving Waymo and Cruise, prompting discussions around local government regulation of robotaxis. Despite challenges, Waymo remains committed to its expansion plans, emphasizing safety measures and ongoing training sessions with local authorities.

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