Waymo Self-Driving Car Set on Fire in California Amidst Hostile Crowd

Waymo's self-driving car in San Francisco was vandalized and set on fire during Lunar New Year celebrations.

  • Waymo’s self-driving car in San Francisco was vandalized and set on fire during Lunar New Year celebrations.
  • Witnesses reported individuals damaging the vehicle before someone threw a firework inside, engulfing it in flames.
  • The incident reflects growing public hostility towards self-driving technology, adding to recent safety concerns.

In a shocking incident in San Francisco’s Chinatown district, a Waymo self-driving car was vandalized and set ablaze by a crowd during Lunar New Year celebrations. This marks a severe attack on autonomous vehicles in the U.S., highlighting growing public hostility towards the technology.

Witnesses reported individuals jumping onto the vehicle, shattering its windshield and hood amidst applause from some in the crowd. Subsequently, a firework was thrown inside the vehicle, engulfing it in flames. Thankfully, no passengers were aboard, and there were no reported injuries. The San Francisco Police Department is investigating the cause of the fire, which adds to the recent string of incidents undermining public trust in self-driving technology.