Waymo cars get stuck in cul-de-sac

Occurred: October 2021

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Waymo self-driving cars are plaguing people living in a quiet cul-de-sac in San Francisco, prompting questions about the nature of the company's automated system and concerns about the effect on the environment.

According to local news station KPIX, Residents complain that up to 50 cars a day make their way down the street, only to have to turn around, resulting in more traffic and noise pollution. 

The cause of the issue was unclear. Local residents told KPIX that they asked the drivers but were told that the cars were 'programmed' and that they were just doing their jobs. Noboby reported seeing one of the cars dropping off or picking up a passenger. 

Waymo responded by saying the vehicles were simply 'obeying road rules' designed to limit traffic in certain residential streets.

Operator: Alphabet/Waymo
Developer: Alphabet/Waymo
Country: USA
Sector: Automotive
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Waymo Driver
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Environment
Transparency: Black box

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Type: Incident
Published: October 2021
Last updated: Febraury 2024