Self-driving car set on fire in San Francisco
In the San Francisco robotaxi test area, many criticize the use of the vehicles. A car has now been the target of vandalism.
A self-driving car from Google sister company Waymo is in a case of Vandalism in San Francisco set fire to the street. Videos posted online showed several people initially breaking the windows of the driverless robotaxis. According to eyewitnesses, they then set it on fire using a firecracker.
Self-driving cars are controversial in San Francisco. Critics and authorities complain, among other things, that the vehicles often block traffic.
The Waymo robotaxi stalled on a street blocked by a crowd during Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown on Saturday evening. The car was traveling without passengers.
San Francisco became a unique test case for self-driving taxis last year. Waymo and General Motors subsidiary Cruise received permission from a California regulator this summer to offer their driverless transportation services throughout the city. The city administration and numerous residents were against it.
Cruise accident caused excitement
Cruise’s cars have been idle since an accident in October. At that time, a pedestrian was hit by a conventional car with a human behind the wheel and thrown in front of a Cruise robotaxi. The driverless car braked, but the woman got stuck underneath it. The cruise car then attempted to automatically pull over to the side of the road. The woman was dragged several meters. Critics saw their assessment confirmed that the technology was not safe enough. General Motors changed management of Cruise after the accident and only wants to gradually bring the vehicles back on the road.
Developers of self-driving cars emphasize that the vehicles are safer on the road than cars with people behind the wheel.