An individual jumped on the hood of a Waymo driverless taxi and smashed its windshield in San Francisco’s Chinatown final night time round 9PM PT, producing applause earlier than a crowd shaped across the automotive and lined it in spray paint, breaking its home windows, and in the end set it on fireplace. The hearth division arrived minutes later, in keeping with a report in The Autopian, however by then flames had already absolutely engulfed the automotive.
In the meanwhile, no shops appear to have reported a motive for the assault. Waymo consultant Sandy Karp advised The Verge by way of electronic mail that the absolutely autonomous automotive “was not transporting any riders” when it was attacked and fireworks have been tossed contained in the automotive, sparking the flames. Officer Rueca of San Francisco’s police division confirmed in an electronic mail to The Verge that police responded at “roughly” 8:50PM PT to seek out the automotive already on fireplace, including that there have been “no reviews of accidents.”
A video posted by the FriscoLive415 YouTube channel reveals the burnt-out husk of the electrical Waymo Jaguar.
One other set of movies posted by software program developer Michael Vendi provides a view into the scene because it performed out and the fireplace grew.
Metropolis officers and residents opposed the vehicles being given a license for 24/7 operation final 12 months, with some residents rendering them motionless by placing orange cones on the vehicles’ hoods in protest.