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Skateboarders vandalize Google self-driving automotive in San Francisco


A big group of rowdy skateboarders in San Francisco mobbed a Google-owned Waymo self-driving vehicle on Saturday night.

Video posted to Reddit shows several people jump on the automotive and spray-painting graffiti on it. Several were seen dancing on the automotive and one person sat on the massive sensor atop the roof.

The vehicle was not autonomous on the time of the incident, in keeping with Motherboard.

A Waymo spokesperson said the automotive was being operated by a driver who managed to soundly get out of the vandalized automotive before it was swarmed.

“At roughly 10 pm on July 9, one among our cars operating in manual mode in San Francisco was surrounded by individuals who jumped onto the hood, roof and the trunk of the automotive and vandalized the vehicle with spray paint,” a Waymo spokesperson told Motherboard.

“The autonomous specialist was eventually in a position to direct the automotive safely out of the gang and take away themselves from the situation. We’re in close communication with the San Francisco Police Department as they actively investigate this incident.”

The incident took place in town’s Mission District, where a whole bunch of skateboarders gathered for the annual Dolores Hill Bomb.

The event involves skateboarders gathering and riding down a steep hill. Afterwards, they hold rowdy celebrations.

The group jumped on the hood and danced within the Mission Hill section of San Francisco on Saturday.Reddit / @skinnybonez32

The incident took place during an annual skateboarding event in the city.The incident took place during an annual skateboarding event in town.Reddit / @skinnybonez32

It’s unlikely that the skateboarders targeted the automotive attributable to its affiliation with Waymo, in keeping with the report. Probably, the motive force stumbled upon the event by probability.

In March, Waymo began offering driverless rides to employees in San Francisco, accelerating a race with General Motors-backed rival Cruise to commercialize the technology within the dense city.

Waymo also introduced autonomous rides to employees in downtown Phoenix with safety drivers behind the wheel, with a goal to open it to public testing.

A company spokesperson said the car was not autonomous at the time of the incident and the driver managed to safely escape.An organization spokesperson said the automotive was not autonomous on the time of the incident and the motive force managed to soundly escape.Getty Images

“Operating fully autonomously in multiple markets — along with Waymo’s growing trucking operations — is a critical validator of the scalability of Waymo’s operations and technology,” it said in an announcement.

A self-driving technology pioneer, Waymo began the primary US driverless taxi service in 2020, over a decade after it was born in 2009 as a project inside Google.

While it gives paid rides to a whole bunch of individuals per week using Chrysler minivans, Waymo’s service has not expanded beyond suburban Phoenix areas that cover about 50 square miles.

Cruise already is giving fully driverless rides to employees and members of the general public freed from charge in San Francisco. The corporate is searching for CPUC approval for industrial driverless service, with a goal to get permitted this yr.

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