A self-driving car from Waymo, a sister company of Google, has been vandalized in San Francisco. Video footage on social media shows how several people smashed the windows of the vehicle and then threw fireworks inside, causing it to burn out completely. The incident happened in Chinatown, where many people were celebrating Chinese New Year. The taxi had no passengers on board, and no one was injured.
Self-driving cars are increasingly under attack in San Francisco. The fire brigade complains that they often block traffic and cause accidents. Uber drivers also fear that they will lose their jobs as more self-driving taxis enter the market. 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. Despite this setback, proponents believe that self-driving cars are still safer than vehicles driven by humans.