Driverless car rollout paused in California after fire and crashes

California has blocked a Google-backed driverless car company from expanding to more cities after a series of accidents.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has suspended a request by Waymo, which is owned by Google’s parent company, to launch its robotaxi business in more cities within the state.

Vehicles from Waymo and Cruise, a rival, have been operating in San Francisco for years. Waymo had been seeking permission to expand to Los Angeles and the wider San Francisco peninsula.

However, David Canepa, a local politician in San Mateo County, California, said its application had been paused because of what he claimed was Waymo’s failure to engage in “meaningful” discussion about “our very real public safety concerns”.

It follows public opposition to driverless cars and a string of accidents.”\

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