Today’s Headlines

  • Switch Problem Causes Major Delays on BART (SFExaminer, Kron4)
  • BART Board Picks New President and VP (SFExaminer)
  • Man Acquitted in Incident with BART Police (SFChron)
  • Uber Robot Car Gridlocking on Market Street (SFWeekly)
  • Mayor Lee Tells Uber to Stop Picking up Passengers with Robot Cars (SFChron)
  • Supervisor Wants Uber and Lyft to Show More Initiative on Enforcing Safe Driving (SFExaminer)
  • Uber is Unsafe for Bikes (SFExaminer)
  • Lyft Co-Founder Wants Cities to Stop Designing Around Parking (SFGate)
  • Market Street’s Raised Bike Lanes (CityLab)
  • Castro Rainbow Crosswalks Damaged Again (Hoodline)
  • Caltrain Preps for Electrification (MercNews)
  • Commentary: Uber Crossed the Line (EastBayTimes)

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  • Jeffrey Baker

    BART is messed up today. Their useless status message says 20 minute delay between San Francisco and San Bruno. The news says switching problems at Bay Fair. I just stood on a train at 12th for 12 minutes (no announcement).

  • mx

    Uber’s actions are ridiculous here. I’ve been seeing their cars around SoMa for a while and knew they were testing, but naively assumed they would get a permit like anyone else.

    I can understand, without fully approving of, their need to bust into certain markets by ignoring existing laws around for-hire transportation and then working with regulators to come up with something new. They did that in California, eventually working out a structure that ensured drivers had some kind of insurance coverage and (fingerprintless) background checks and a basic vehicle inspection and a pathway for the CPUC to impose more rules in the future. Here, the rules already exist and are being followed by plenty of other companies working in the self-driving space. This is just flaunting the law for the sake of showing that they can.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    I think people would let it slide if the technology worked, but since it demonstrably does not work and Uber are clearly years behind Google, I don’t think they will get away with this one.

  • All the footage of Uber robots being allowed to make bad decisions and blow through intersections, etc. shows how ridiculous the idea of a human backup stepping in in time is. Sure, maybe if the pedestrians are spaced out enough they’ll be able to stop the car from killing the 2nd or 3rd one.

    It’s not just about Uber. They just were careless enough to expose the safety theater.

  • gneiss

    Another scofflaw bicyclist seriously injures multiple people on our streets mistaking the accelerator for brake pedal, oh wait…

  • I sure hope Uber’s recklessness isn’t going to wreck all the careful work done by others in autonomous vehicle R&D by causing a legal backlash and public outcry… but based on how Uber usually behaves, I bet they don’t care at all.