Self-driving taxi expansion paused in L.A., Northern California

February 22, 2024

Self-driving car company Waymo’s plans to expand its coverage area have been put in neutral by the California Public Utilities Commission. According to KTVU, the CPUC suspended Waymo’s plans to expand its services in Los Angeles County and Silicon Valley for up to 120 days. Locally, a Waymo robotaxi initially failed to stop for a traffic officer in 2023, though no injuries were reported. The company began offering rides late last year in parts of L.A. County, including Santa Monica, Century City, West Hollywood, Mid-City Koreatown and downtown L.A., according to the Los Angeles Times. “To date, local jurisdictions like Los Angeles have had little to no input in [autonomous vehicle] deployment and are already seeing significant harm and disruption,” she wrote.