Progress can take different forms, but in San Francisco, USA, a common front made up of citizens and law enforcement protest vigorouslyoften bordering on vandalism towards self-driving taxisnow widespread in the Californian city.
Someone saw a RoboTaxi vandalized in San Francisco this weekend.
What do you think, hero or villain?
— (((BrokeAssStuart))) (@BrokeAssStuart) September 11, 2023
Two years of controversy
Experiments have been going on for two years now two main operators, Waymo and Cruise who gradually managed to obtain permission from the municipalityto broaden the range of use of their self-driving taxis, and last August achieved a total ‘green light’, 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the entire urban area. The decision led to a further increase in protestsboth by citizens, who are concerned about the security of the service, and by the police, who often get into trouble due to the unpredictable behavior of robotaxis.
I am Ruby Schultz, a journalist and author with experience in the news industry. I have worked at several top-tier publications, such as The News Dept., where I primarily cover technology news. My work has been featured in prominent outlets like The New York Times and Wired Magazine.