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Watch Google’s Waymo Self-Driving Car Set Ablaze | Most Destructive Attack | – Times of India

In an incident that marks the most destructive attack on a driverless car in the US to date, a crowd vandalized and set fire to a Waymo self-driving car using a firework in San Francisco last week. The Google parent Alphabet-owned company and authorities confirmed it to be the most “destructive attack” so far on driverless vehicles in the US.
The incident happened during Chinese New Year celebrations in San Francisco’s Chinatown.According to company spokesperson, a white sport utility vehicle that was moving along a street in the city’s Chinatown district was involved in the incident. “The vehicle was not transporting any riders and no injuries have been reported. We are working closely with local safety officials to respond to the situation,” the company said. The electric car, a Jaguar I-PACE, is equipped with 29 cameras and other sensors.

What eyewitness account says
Michael Vandi, a witness who posted videos of the incident, told Reuters that people were celebrating China’s Lunar New Year by setting off fireworks. A person jumped onto the hood of the Waymo vehicle and broke its windshield. Another person also jumped on the hood 30 seconds later as some in the crowd clapped in approval, he reportedly told the news agency in an X direct message.
“That was when it went WILD,” he wrote, describing people with skateboards breaking the glass and others graffitiing the car. “There were 2 groups of people. Folks who encourage it – and others who were just shocked & started filming. No one stood up – i mean there wasn’t anything you could do to stand up to dozens of people.”
The video shows the vehicle engulfed in flames with a huge plume of black smoke.
The fire department posted pictures on social media of the charred remains of the car and said a firework started the blaze. The San Francisco Police Department said it was investigating the cause of the fire and did not say whether arrests have been made.
On previous occasions in San Francisco and Phoenix, Arizona, groups have disrupted the operations of self-driving vehicles, blocking their path, trying to enter the vehicles and jumping on their hoods. Last week, a driverless Waymo car collided with a cyclist in San Francisco, causing minor injuries.
Once a darling of French business and a wannabe competitor to Accenture and Capgemini, In 2009, current European commissioner Thierry Breton took the helm and, over the course of a decade, molded it into an IT giant through various high-profile acquisitions.

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