For Many Disabled San Franciscans, A No-Waitlist Waymo Means More Agency, Autonomy In Transportation

As reported by The Verge’s Andrew J. Hawkins earlier this week, the Alphabet-owned robotaxi company announced it has opened up Waymo to everyone in San Francisco. Previously, interested riders had to download the Waymo One app and put their name on a list in order to gain access. As of now, the waitlist exists no longer and anyone living or visiting the city can hail one of the autonomous, driverless vehicles.

Faithful readers of this column may recall I’ve covered Waymo extensively in the past, most recently in a story from last August ahead of the California Public Utilities Commission’s vote on whether to expand availability in San Francisco. Disability advocates, as well as Waymo co-CEO Tekedra Mawakana, took up the cause to plead the case for why Waymo service should be allowed to continue—the Commission would vote yes—especially touting the accessibility ramifications of autonomous vehicles to members of the disability community.

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