Hailing a taxi with no one behind the wheel

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  • Photos by Holly Bogin (left) and Joann Muller (right)I took a ride in a Cruise driverless taxi last week in San Francisco and, for the first time, I thought, "This might really happen!
  • But we weren't fast enough, so the ride ended — and we had to get out, and Apricot drove away.Flashback: It wasn't my first time in a car with no one behind the wheel.
  • It took more than two years for the next driverless ride service in the U.S. to begin operations.
  • The bottom line: I felt safe and comfortable during my ride, and I can't wait to try it again when it's light outside.
  • Just before the pandemic, in February 2020, I took a ride in a Waymo driverless minivan in suburban Phoenix.
  • What's next: Until now, Cruise has been limited to nighttime fares in San Francisco, when traffic is light, but it just got permission to extend the service to daylight hours as well.
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