Posts Tagged ‘driver’

Irate-Appearing, Window-Slapping Road Biker vs. Mercedes Benz Station Wagon on 7th Avenue : You Make The Call

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Here we go, southbound uphill on 7th Ave near Lawton (or Kirkham, one of those).

Oh, Gentle Reader, I almost def. have more experience (in terms of hours, decades, miles, younameit) both riding bikes and driving cars on these Streets of San Francisco than this emo roadie, but is this such a tough sitch to call anyway? I’ll say I’m 99% sure that the Mercedes driver noticed the backup lights on that parked car and was queuing up for a chance to take over that space:

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So what’s the reaction? Whatsamatta you hand gestures and a left-hand window slap:

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And then, the look back, always with the look-back. (Bad car drivers do the same thing.)

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So, where should this driver have waited? In the middle of the car lane? IDK the answer to that, but some might feel that way.

To me, well, I would have gone around the wagon on its left, I would have “taken the lane,” if only briefly.

Just saying…

UBER Lyft Driver Takes a Break in a Busy Geary Crosswalk to Fiddle with a Dash-Mounted Cell Phone – OH WAIT, IT’S AN SFMTA TAXI DRIVER

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

IDK, he might have stopped two spaces later, in a metered spot, if it hadn’t been taken. And I know he would have parked one space later, by the hydrant in a red zone, if it hadn’t been taken.

But no, he’s in the crosswalk, for a good long time, talking minutes here, and then it’s dash-mounted cell phone this and cell phone that, just like an UBER Lyft driver:

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I can’t recall seeing such UBER-ish behavior from a regular licensed cabbie.

There’s no radio dispatcher, it’s all app-based these days? Seems that way.

Back in the day, he’d have double-parked on Geary for the ten seconds it takes to offload and then have been on his way.

My, how things have changed in Frisco…

Assembly Line Production of Self Driving Cars is Here: A Brand-New Bolt, One of 130 – Hayes Valley Meets Uncanny Valley

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Look what I saw coming out of Hayes Valley – it’s VEHT2079, a brand-new self-driving Chevy Bolt all the way from Orion Township, MI. It’s different. Notice the white thingamajigs above the front wheels:

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At first I thought it could have been a Project Titan from Apple, but no. It’s just an updated version of what we’ve seen for a while now.

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Of course that’s the human minder in the driver’s seat, but is that the robot in the passenger seat? Let’s ENHANCE:

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I’ll think of him as Frisco’s Star Trek Data, or Johnny Cab 2017, but you make the call, Gentle Reader

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Off they go, a boy and his robot:

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But not without a few Grove Street hassles. I mean, that’s what GM is doing here, a kind of driving torture test, right?

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And all this is just one block away from the Hayes Street block where Anthony Levandowski’s long-forgotten self-driving Pri-Bot used to get parked, right?

The Future is Now…

You Think You’re a Fan, Man? – Well, This Driver has Got You Beat – All Bases Covered Here

Monday, October 16th, 2017

A Trifecta of Fandom:

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Nothing beats the Oakland Warriors + the San Francisco Giants + the Santa Clara 49ers all together, man.

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Lyft Driver vs. (Car-Free) Sunday Streets

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Not sure how dude managed to get himself smack dab in the middle of Sunday Streets Western Addition 2017, but here he is, with a few WTF stares and at least one whatsamatteryou hand gesture:

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And then more gesturing, as seen with this official Volunteer, and dude was off up Baker, which I think was his goal from the beginning:

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(I should say that this amount of yelling and whatnot is a lot mellower than when out-of-town drivers saw a Critical Mass Friday night bicycle parade for the first time, like on Market, back in the day…)

Anyway, that’s how a Lyft driver reacts upon seeing a Sunday Streets for the first time.

UBER Driver from Merced, CA Thinks the Green Part of Scott is for the Use of UBER Drivers

Friday, September 1st, 2017

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Seems there was some kind of rush to queue up for the Fell Street ARCO, a watering hole for many many UBER Lyfters, due to its low low prices.

Anyway, this part of Scott is bikes-only lane…

The Joys of Watching a Self-Driving UBER Volvo Cautiously Make Its Way Down Irving in The Sunset

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Here we go, Irving Street on a dreaded sunny day in the Middle Sunset or the Inner Sunset or the Outer Sunset – I’ve heard this nabe described as all three:

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This area is a tad less difficult for a poorly-developed robot car to drive on than, say, Clement in the Inner Richmond, but there are plenty of bad pedestrians and illegal parkers on this part of Irving as well of course.

This seemed a touch early to be halfway through the intersection, given the position of these peds:

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And it was hard to tell what this Volvo was thinking after seeing it go for a few blocks.

Like IMO, this start was a bit abrupt, as if the driver dozed off for a few seconds and then all of a sudden woke up and said let’s go let’s go:

You know what, I’m think that this triple brake push at a four-way stop is an indication of something not being kosher. I cry foul.

And you know, when I teach people how to drive, I emphasize the importance of creeping a little bit at first to show others intent – like all right, I’m going now. This rushed start didn’t match the otherwise cautious, deliberate conduct.

Of course, this UBER drives better than most on the Streets of San Francisco.

The Sad Scene at the Fell Street DMV, with People Waiting in Line at Six-Something AM – What Do They Know?

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

This was at about 6:20 AM:

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What compels people to start queuing up two hours afore a joint opens? Is this a winning strategy?

Poor UBER Lyft Driver Gets Pwned for $192 for Overnight Parking in Golden Gate Park / Parking at “Car-Free” Saturday

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Perhaps not an UBER driver, but you can never tell. A lot of them swing both ways.

What was this driver thinking leaving this ride in Golden Gate Park? IDK

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The entrance at 7th Avenue and Lincoln states that towing is a possibility for overnight parkers.

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This side of the sign might be hard to read from a distance…

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…but this side isn’t.

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Oh well, a couple hundred of dollars later, a lesson learned…