A new battle is brewing in San Francisco between driverless cars and the city’s fire chief.
High-tech progress stands on one hand, with growing concern on the opposite side that self-driving vehicles are dangerous and delay emergency vehicles driven by fist responders.
“I’m not anti-technology. What I am anti is getting in the way of public safety when we’re trying to do our jobs,” San Francisco Fire Department Chief Jeanine Nicholson said. “And that’s what’s been happening time and time again.”
The concerns come a week before state regulators vote on whether to allow autonomous cars to expand their services in San Francisco. The fire chief would rather officials hit the brakes on allowing such a move to happen.
Nicholson said the driverless vehicles from companies like Waymo and Cruise are literally getting in her way. The most recent example occurred June 9 when a Cruise vehicle stopped on its …