Waymo wants its robotaxis driving in the South Bay and L.A. Local officials want more control

Waymo’s potential expansion of its driverless taxis into the Peninsula and Los Angeles County is attracting local pushback akin to San Francisco’s failed stand against robotaxis last year.

Pleas for delays and more input from the San Mateo County Attorney’s Office and Los Angeles Department of Transportation are among the dozens of mostly supportive letters published Friday by the California Public Utilities Commission, in response to Waymo’s expansion request.

Waymo would expand its commercial operations to 22 Bay Area cities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, as well as a large swath of metro Los Angeles if the commission approves the company’s latest request. The company would be able to deploy its self-driving cars on local roads and freeways in a service area covering much of the Peninsula east of Interstate 280, at speeds of up to 65 mph, as it’s currently permitted in San Francisco.

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