Driverless cars stop in San Francisco’s fog

Anyone who’s been to San Francisco knows the city is susceptible to fog, but they may not have thought its growing fleet of driverless vehicles would fall victim to it.

However that’s what happened to five Waymo vehicles in dense fog on Tuesday morning, who pulled over on a street in the southwestern area of the city to wait for it to clear.

The San Francisco Chronicle quotes Waymo spokesperson Chris Bonelli as explaining the vehicles had run into “very dense fog and determined they should pull over temporarily,” which the paper adds meant they ended up clogging “a right lane of San Aleso Avenue down to the crosswalk, with one car straddling the center lane”. It says they moved on after the fog cleared, which, according to bystanders, took several minutes.

Read the full report and more reaction here.

(File picture – Waymo)


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