Autonomous vehicles promise a variety of benefits, including more time to work or relax as the onboard algorithms handle the task of driving. That said, it should come as no surprise that some folks will use a ride in a robotaxi for other pursuits – like having sex. Funny enough, some Cruise customers are already doing the nasty in San Francisco as the technology division’s operations expand across the city.
In a recent report, The San Francisco Standard says that it spoke with four separate Cruise riders who confessed to have “had sex or hooked up in driverless vehicles in San Francisco over recent months and have provided ride receipts.” The publication was unable to find a rider who said they had sex in a Waymo autonomous vehicle. According to the report, one of the Cruise riders, a woman in her 20s, took her first ride in an autonomous vehicle in a late-night excursion with her partner, a man in his 30s. The couple began by making out, but “one thing led to another,” and before long the two riders were getting busy in the backseat of the Cruise AV.
“It seems like I’m a trailblazer,” the man told The San Francisco Standard. “It’s also fun to realize that this is like the first place you can do this in the country – the first [autonomous vehicles] that exist.”
Critically, autonomous vehicles are equipped with a range of cameras and other sensors that record what’s going on outside the vehicle, as well as inside the cabin.
“We record video inside of the car for added safety and support,” Cruise says on its website. “If something happened during your ride, we might review the recording to better understand what happened.”
For now, it’s unclear if any actions were taken against the naughty Cruise riders.
Cruise recently expanded is driverless taxi services throughout the city of San Francisco, and will be permitted to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Previously, Cruise was limited in providing its services in certain parts of the city and only during specific hours. Cruise is also expanding its services to other major cities in the U.S., such as Phoenix, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Nashville, Atlanta, and Miami.