A crowd set fireplace to a Waymo robotaxi in San Francisco

Vandals completely obliterated an autonomous Waymo taxi in San Francisco’s Chinatown on Saturday night to the cheers of onlookers. In an emailed assertion to PopSciA Waymo spokesperson confirmed the car was empty when the incident started simply earlier than 9 p.m. on Feb. 10, and no accidents had been reported. Waymo says they’re additionally “working carefully with native safety authorities to reply to the state of affairs.”

A consultant from the San Francisco Fireplace Division (SFFD) additionally mentioned this PopSci Emergency responders arrived on scene at 9:03 p.m. when an “electrical autonomous car was reported to be on fireplace” within the 700 block of Jackson St., which included a family-owned musical instrument retailer and a pastry store.

“SFFD responded to this fireplace as they’d every other car fireplace with an engine and a truck, and on this explicit incident the battalion chief was additionally on scene,” the consultant added in his electronic mail.

In a number of social media posts over the weekend, a few dozen individuals will be seen smashing the automotive Waymo Jaguar I-Tempo, coated it with spray paint, and eventually threw in fireworks that set it on fireplace – all to the enthusiastic encouragement of bystanders. After publishing their personal video recordings of Xmentioned one viewer Reuters that somebody sporting a white hoodie “jumped on the hood of the automotive and, in true WWE fashion, knocked down and broke the windshield.” Further footage uploaded by avenue reporter “Franky Frisco.” Youtube channel additionally exhibits emergency staff extinguishing the burning electrical car, which reportedly caught fireplace after somebody threw a firecracker into the automotive. The streets of Chinatown had been already crowded with guests participating within the Lunar New Yr celebrations.

Communicate with The Autopianer, Frisco says they’ve dealt with related conditions with autonomous autos prior to now, however this weekend’s drama made the Waymo car “look utterly ‘decapitated.'” Upon arrival, emergency responders reportedly even had issue figuring out whether or not it was a Waymo or a Zoox automotive. Though each corporations (owned by Google and Amazon, respectively) provide driverless taxi providers, neither fleet is comparable – except they’re in higher situation.

[Related: Self-driving taxis blocked an ambulance and the patient died, says SFFD.]

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