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Dead-End SF Street Plagued With Confused Waymo Cars Trying To Turn Around 'Every 5 Minutes

Published by Slashdot on Thu, 14 Oct 2021


A normally quiet neighborhood in San Francisco is buzzing about a sudden explosion of traffic. Neighbors say their Richmond District dead end street has suddenly become crowded with Waymo vehicles. From a report: "I noticed it while I was sleeping," says Jennifer King. "I awoke to a strange hum and I thought there was a spacecraft outside my bedroom window." The visitors Jennifer King is talking about don't just come at night. They come all day, right to the end of 15th Avenue, where there's nothing else to do but make some kind of multi-point turn and head out the way they came in. Not long after that car is gone, there will be another, which will make the same turn and leave, before another car shows up and does the exact same thing. And while there are some pauses, it never really stops. "There are some days where it can be up to 50," King says of the WayMo count. "It's literally every five minutes. And we're all working from home, so this is what we hear." At several points this Tuesday, they showed up on top of each other. The cars, packed with technology, stop in a queue as if they are completely baffled by the dead end. While some neighbors say it is becoming a bit of a nuisance, everyone finds it a little bizarre.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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