In a startling incident in San Francisco’s Chinatown, a mob vandalized and set ablaze a Waymo self-driving Jaguar I-Pace, marking a significant escalation in public resistance to autonomous vehicles.
This event, captured in various shocking videos, underscores the growing tensions surrounding the integration of AI-driven transportation solutions into urban environments. Witnesses described a scene where, amid a festive atmosphere, the vehicle became a target for destructive behavior, including being hit with skateboards, graffitied, and ultimately set on fire with fireworks.
This incident raises questions about the safety and security of autonomous vehicles in public spaces, highlighting the challenges they face amidst societal skepticism and potential vandalism.
The fact that the vehicle was not carrying any passengers and there were no reported injuries does little to mitigate the concerns over such unprovoked attacks. As investigations continue, this event serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictable human factors that can impact the deployment and acceptance of self-driving technology.
Sources include: The Autopian