Traffic is hell, but what if the cars blocking the roads were all robots? That’s what some residents of a quiet San Francisco street have discovered, with a seemingly endless parade of Waymo’s autonomous vehicles descending a dead end in the residential area of Richmond, turning around and walking away.
“There are days when it can go up to 50,” said resident Jennifer King. KPIX 5 in this hilarious report. “It’s literally every five minutes. And we all work from home, so that’s what we mean.
Residents don’t know why Waymo vehicles – Jaguar I-Pace SUVs with rooftop sensors and high-tech computing systems inside – keep arriving, one after another, sometimes two. or three at a time. They don’t pick up or drop off customers, although Waymo recently announced it will start flowing passengers around San Francisco.
A normally quiet neighborhood in San Francisco is buzzing with a sudden explosion of traffic. Neighbors say their dead end street in the Richmond District suddenly became crowded with WayMo vehicles. https://t.co/rD0iXmmL29
– KPIX 5 (@KPIXtv) October 13, 2021
They have no explanation for this strange behavior. (Waymo did not respond to KPIX 5 Where The edge‘s requests for explanation.) As someone who covers the AV industry, I could speculate on the need for companies to train their vehicle’s artificial intelligence software in all elements of human driving, including maneuvering messy like the dreaded three-point bend. But I really have too much fun watching those confused robot cars cram into this dead end over and over again.
It reminded me of a recent event in Phoenix where a completely driverless Waymo vehicle got stuck at an intersection and then, when an extraction crew showed up, attempted to run away before blocking completely. a three-lane highway.
The obvious difference is that Waymo still uses safety pilots for its tests in San Francisco. In the video, you can see Waymo’s safety drivers spinning the steering wheels, which suggests the vehicles haven’t quite mastered the turn.
The incident is attracting unwanted attention, especially from a guy who runs an auto company that is under investigation for multiple crashes involving stopped emergency vehicles and really shouldn’t be celebrating this stuff.
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