A self-driving car from Waymo, a sister company of Google, has been damaged by vandals in San Francisco. Video footage on social media shows how several people first smash the windows of the vehicle and then explode fireworks in the robot taxi, after which it burns out completely. The incident occurred in Chinatown, where many people were celebrating Chinese New Year. The taxi had no passengers on board, and no one was injured.
The rise of self-driving cars has been met with controversy in San Francisco. The fire brigade complains that they often block traffic, while Uber drivers fear that they will lose their jobs. Since the summer, vehicles from Waymo and rival Cruise have been allowed to offer taxi services 24 hours a day in San Francisco. However, Cruise’s cars have been idle since October after a pedestrian was dragged several meters by a robot taxi. Proponents argue that self-driving cars are still safer than vehicles driven by humans.
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