A BUSY interchange in San Francisco has been shut down after a fleet of faulty driverless cars stalled traffic for hours.
The Cruise Robotaxis swarm blocked vehicles on Gough and Fulton streets on Tuesday night as a public trial of the new technology went horribly wrong.
Traffic was reportedly halted for two hours as company employees rushed to the scene to fix the spoiled cars.
Footage shared on Reddit showed the scale of the malfunction with several driverless vehicles parked at the entrance and exit of the junction.
It left a queue of traffic in its wake as frustrated drivers were angry.
“The first thing I say to my colleague is that they are coming together to murder us,” wrote a puzzled motorist on Reddit.
“It was quite a surreal event. Humans had to come and manually remove the cars. Cruise should be fined for blocking the street for so long.
“They even made sure the street sweeper couldn’t hit an entire block.”
Cruise, which is backed by General Motors, did not reveal what caused the vehicles to stop or why they suffered the same fault in the same location.
“We had an issue earlier this week that caused some of our vehicles to cluster together,” a company spokesperson said.
“While this has been resolved and no passengers were affected, we apologize to anyone who was inconvenienced.”
According to Techcrunch, the vehicles were ultimately recovered through a combination of remote assistance and manual recovery.
No accidents have been reported due to the malfunction.
The embarrassing crash came just a week after Cruise launched its pay-as-you-go commercial driverless taxi service in San Francisco – considered a world first in a major city.
Due to the company’s license, services were allowed to operate between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., with cars restricted to particular streets.
Cruise previously offered free rides to the public for several months before launching its paid service.
However, questions have constantly been raised about their safety and whether they violate automobile laws.
In April, officers reportedly stopped a cruiser after it was found driving without headlights after dark.
In a widely shared Instagram clip, officers were pictured confused after discovering the vehicle had no driver.