Biker suffers slight injuries and doesn’t require hospitalization.
According to recent reports from Reuters, a Waymo self-driving car was involved in a collision with a cyclist in San Francisco on Tuesday. Fortunately, the cyclist only suffered minor injuries and did not require transportation to the hospital.
Waymo, a branch of Alphabet, which is the parent company of Google, reported that one of its vehicles came to a full stop at a four-way crossing when the occurrence took place. As a large truck passed through the intersection in the same direction, the vehicle may have assumed that the pathway was free and continued moving ahead, until it realized at the final moment that there was a cyclist hidden behind the truck.
The automated cab operated with autonomous technology reportedly applied sudden and strong braking, yet was unable to evade the cyclist. Although no specific model was disclosed, we presume it may have been a Jaguar I-Pace as the brand phased out its use of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids in their fleet last year.
According to a spokesperson from the San Francisco Fire Department, a 911 call was placed at the time of the event. Both the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the San Francisco Police Department are conducting investigations into the incident.
The most recent occurrence will inevitably intensify the examination of the robotaxi industry. In the previous month, California took legal action against its own regulators for permitting Waymo to broaden its reach within the city. If the state prevails in the lawsuit, the Alphabet-affiliated company will forfeit its authorization to provide services round-the-clock.
However, Waymo is not the sole self-driving car company facing criticism for these kinds of occurrences.
The autonomous vehicle corporation, Cruise, which is a subsidiary of General Motors, recently faced a suspension of its activities in California due to apprehensions over safety protocols. Shortly after, Kyle Vogt, the CEO, and Daniel Kan, the chief product officer and co-founder, both announced their resignations. Sources have revealed that the company has also reduced its efforts towards expansion, which initially aimed to introduce Cruise cars in 13 cities across the United States.
Despite the apprehensions surrounding autonomous vehicles, Waymo has set its sights on broadening its driverless operations in Los Angeles, with the state of Texas slated as the next target. The company is currently conducting trials and furnishing mobility solutions exclusively through invitation.