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Cruise rolled out hundreds of its robotaxis in San Francisco this year. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Driverless car startup Cruise's no good, terrible year

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Members of Safe Street Rebel place a cone on a self-driving Cruise car in San Francisco. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Armed with traffic cones, protesters are immobilizing driverless cars

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San Francisco has served as a testing ground for autonomous vehicles made by the companies Waymo (pictured above) and Cruise. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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California allows robo-taxis to expand and emergency responders aren't happy

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A Waymo minivan moves along a city street during an autonomous vehicle ride on April 7 in Chandler, Ariz. Waymo, a unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., is one of several companies testing driverless vehicles in the U.S. Automakers are also developing self-driving technology, but it still requires human drivers to take over when required. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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Cars are getting better at driving themselves, but you still can't sit back and nap

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Former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski, was charged Tuesday with stealing closely guarded secrets before he signed on with Uber, which was scrambling to catch up in the high-stakes race to build robotic vehicles. Jeff Chiu/AP hide caption

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Bay Area-based Zoox Inc has received approval from California to transport passengers in its autonomous vehicles. It's the first permit handed out by the state as part of a pilot program for self-driving cars. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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An Uber driverless car heads out for a test drive in San Francisco in December 2016, the same month that the company halted testing there and moved it to Arizona. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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An Uber driverless Ford Fusion drives in Pittsburgh in 2016. On Friday, Uber and Google's Waymo self-driving unit announced a settlement in their trade secrets case. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images hide caption

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