San Francisco Launches Driverless Buses After Robotaxi Expansion

San Francisco began an autonomous shuttle service less than a week after regulators permitted robotaxis expansion over traffic and safety concerns.

In came the robotaxis. Then came driverless buses.

The free shuttle will loop Treasure Island, a former U.S.

Navy installation in San Francisco Bay, everyday.

Seven stops connect residential communities to retailers and community centers on the Loop. About 2,000 people dwell on the island.

An attendant can drive the all-electric bus with a portable controller if needed.

The county is running the shuttle as part of a grant-funded pilot program to test autonomous vehicles on public transit.

“Having the attendant on board makes everyone feel comfortable,” said San Francisco County Transportation Authority executive director Tilly Chang.

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