**Title: Self-Driving Waymo Cars Stall Amidst Street Closures in Downtown SF | ABC7 News**
Two self-driving Waymo cars experienced unexpected stalls in separate intersections in downtown San Francisco after the Pride parade, causing traffic disruptions. Learn more about these incidents and the challenges faced by autonomous vehicles in navigating around blocked streets in this compelling video coverage by ABC7 News[^1^].
These incidents took place amidst heavy traffic following the Pride parade and the Giants game, exacerbating an already congested area. The first car was spotted at the intersection of Third and Howard, with traffic enforcement officers attempting to communicate with the seemingly driverless vehicle. Similarly, another Waymo autonomous vehicle stalled at a different intersection, attempting to navigate towards Market Street[^2^].
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) reports a notable increase in such incidents, prompting them to request the California Public Utilities Commission for an incremental expansion of self-driving services, while limiting 24-hour service expansion across the city[^3^]. The matter is scheduled for a vote on Thursday.
The self-driving cars’ behavior has raised concerns among public safety officials. San Francisco’s Fire Chief, Jenny Nicholson, expressed worries about the vehicles driving into hazardous scenes and causing disruptions. A $138 ticket was issued to one of the vehicles stalled at Third and Howard, which eventually resumed its journey after approximately 15 to 20 minutes[^4^].
While Waymo emphasized the importance of safety as their top priority, discussions and measures to address these challenges continue. Stay informed with ABC7 News and discover the latest updates on autonomous vehicle technology and its impact on urban transportation.
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: ABC7 News Article – [https://abc7ne.ws/43150bh](https://abc7ne.ws/43150bh)
: ABC7 News Video Transcript
: SFMTA News – [https://www.sfmta.com/news/alerts/incidents](https://www.sfmta.com/news/alerts/incidents)
: San Francisco Examiner – [https://www.sfexaminer.com/news/fire-chief-concerned-about-self-driving-vehicles-driving-into-scenes](https://www.sfexaminer.com/news/fire-chief-concerned-about-self-driving-vehicles-driving-into-scenes)
Two self-driving Waymo cars stalled out in the middle of two separate intersections just blocks away from each other in downtown SF following the Pride parade. STORY: https://abc7ne.ws/43150bh
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