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Where did Cruise robotaxis recently cause a traffic jam?

Answer: San Francisco.

A self-driving Chevrolet Bolt by Cruise Automation undergoing testing in San Francisco.
Shutterstock/Michael Vi
(Insert joke about the impending robot revolution.) Or maybe they were just organizing to protest working conditions?

Drivers in San Francisco recently had an additional unexpected traffic issue to deal with earlier this week. Late Tuesday night, a cohort of more than half a dozen Cruise robotaxis randomly stopped operating at the intersection of Gough and Fulton streets, blocking traffic. They reportedly remained there for a few hours until Cruise employees came and removed them manually.

As of Thursday morning, Cruise had yet to comment on what caused the vehicles to suddenly stop and whether there were any passengers aboard any of them at the time. As the news has made the rounds on social media, many have wondered if and how the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) might penalize Crusie for the incident. In addition to stopping traffic for so long, the robotaxis also blocked a street sweeper, an act that carries a $76 fine per car in the city.