Waymo’s Los Angeles rollout put on hold

Google’s driverless vehicle sister company Waymo has had plans to expand into Los Angeles paused due to “public safety concerns”.

The Daily Mail reports the California Public Utilities Commission’s decision comes a week after Waymo admitted that two of its self-driving taxis crashed into the same lorry in Arizona back in December.

“Since Waymo has stalled any meaningful discussions on its expansion plans into Silicon Valley, the CPUC has put the brakes on its application to test robotaxi service virtually unfettered both in San Mateo and Los Angeles counties,” San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Vice President David J Canepa told television station KTVU in a statement.

“This will provide the opportunity to fully engage the autonomous vehicle maker on our very real public safety concerns that have caused all kinds of dangerous situations for firefighters and police in neighbouring San Francisco.”

(Picture – Waymo)


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