Confused self-driving cars are flooding a normally quiet dead-end street in San Francisco

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Residents of relatively quiet neighborhoods in San Francisco are seeing an influx of self-driving visitors.

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A steady stream of automated Waymo cars is reportedly flowing into a dead end in the city’s Richmond district, a local news outlet said, obstructing passage for passengers and forcing them to turn the car around. KPIX reported.

And depending on what the neighbors are saying, it is not just one or two vehicles coming.


“There are some days where it can be up to 50,” nearby resident Jennifer King told KPIX. “It’s literally every five minutes. And we’re all working from home, so that’s what we hear.”

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It’s not just a recent development, either, says one resident.

“It’s been going on for six, eight weeks, maybe more,” Andrea Levine told KPIX.

Cars use what Waymo calls “lidar” sensors, which give the vehicle a picture of its surroundings. Therefore, when it encounters a dead end, these devices will likely command the vehicle to stop.

What is pulling cars to the dead end in the first place is still not entirely clear.

Waymo told KPIX that the company is looking into the issue to see what can be done. Company representatives did not immediately respond to Granthshala’s request for comment.

company owned by alphabet Expands its self-driving services in San Francisco In August, encouraging residents to help test their vehicles as part of its “Trusted Tester” program.

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