KQED Radio
KQED Newssee more
Latest Newscasts:KQEDNPR
Player Sponsored By
upper waypoint

Rise of the Robotaxis: How Autonomous Vehicles Could Reshape Transportation in San Francisco

Save ArticleSave Article
Failed to save article

Please try again

An electric Jaguar I-Pace car outfitted with Waymo full self-driving technology in Santa Monica. (Allen J. Schaben via Getty Images)

Driverless vehicles from autonomous ride services Cruise and Waymo can already be found all over San Francisco, and they may soon become much more common if a state commission grants them permission to expand operations. Some local officials argue the technology isn’t ready, pointing to recent examples of automated cars that stopped on roads, obstructing traffic or emergency responders. Others say the whole idea of self-driving cars is flawed. We’ll talk about the upcoming vote and where the robotaxi industry is headed.


Annabel Chang, head of state policy and government relations, Waymo<br />

Dan Chatman, associate professor and chair, Department of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley<br />

Dylan Fabris, community and policy manager, San Francisco Transit Riders<br />

Kevin Truong, staff writer, The San Francisco Standard


lower waypoint
next waypoint
California’s New Ban on ‘Hidden Fees’ to Take Effect July 1Natalie Foster’s ‘The Guarantee’ Imagines An America Where Government Ensures Economic Stability for EveryoneDr. Fauci Reflects on a Life on the Frontlines of Public Health CrisesDoing Democracy: Activists Look to State Courts and Constitutions to Expand RightsHow Influencers and Algorithms Undermine Democracy — and How to Fight BackBikes Stolen In the Bay Area Show Up On Global Black MarketNeuroscientist Rahul Jandial Explains Why We DreamAnnalee Newitz on How Stories are WeaponizedGrace Jung’s ‘K-Drama School’ Unpacks a Pop Culture PhenomenonSlow Burn Podcast Excavates Bay Area LGBTQ History with ‘Gays Against Briggs’