Robotaxi expansion approved in California over local objections

Waymo’s application to operate driverless robotaxis with paying passengers in Los Angeles and on the San Francisco peninsula received approval on March 1 from the Consumer Protection and Enforcement Division of the California Public Utilities Commission despite the objections of local authorities in both areas.

Waymo, which already operates paid driverless robotaxi service in San Francisco and Phoenix, can begin service in the additional areas immediately following the CPUC’s determination that local officials’ objections do “not state proper grounds for protest.”

The CPUC received letters in support of Waymo’s application from 81 organizations, including the American Council of the Blind, the California Bicycle Coalition and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
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