A person jumped on the hood of a Waymo driverless taxi and smashed its windshield in San Francisco's Chinatown last night around 9 p.m. PT, drawing applause before a crowd formed around the car and covered it in spray paint, smashing its windows and eventually lighting it on fire. fire. Firefighters arrived a few minutes later, according to a report in The Autopianbut the flames had already completely engulfed the car.
So far, no media outlets appear to have reported the motive for the attack. Waymo representative Sandy Karp said The edge via email that the fully autonomous car “was not carrying any passengers” when it was attacked and that fireworks were thrown inside the car, sparking the flames. Public Information Officer Robert Rueca of the San Francisco Police Department confirmed in an email to The edge that police responded “around 8:50 p.m. PST to find the car already on fire, adding that there were “no reports of injuries.”
A video posted by YouTube channel FriscoLive415 shows the charred shell of the electric Waymo Jaguar.
Another series of videos posted by software developer Michael Vendi provides a glimpse of the scene as it unfolded and the fire grew.
Last year, city officials and residents objected to cars being licensed to operate 24/7, and some residents made them stand still by placing orange cones on the hoods of cars in protest.
Updated February 11, 2024, 3 p.m. ET: Updated attribution for San Francisco Police Public Information Officer Robert Rueca.