People are attacking Waymo's self-driving cars in Arizona by slashing tires and, in some cases, pulling guns on the safety drivers
- Waymo self-driving cars in Arizona have had their tires slashed and safety drivers have had guns pulled on them, the Arizona Republic reports.
- Twenty-one instances have been recorded of people attacking Waymo cars, according to the Arizona Republic citing police reports.
- It's a tiny fraction compared to overall traffic incidents - but they highlight a common fear people have about new tech innovations.
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"Safety is at the core of everything we do, which means that keeping our drivers, our riders, and the public safe is our top priority," a Waymo spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "Over the past two years, we've found Arizonans to be welcoming and excited by the potential of this technology to make our roads safer. We believe a key element of local engagement has been our ongoing work with the communities in which we drive, including Arizona law enforcement and first responders."Read more: Waymo announced two major executive hires as it races to launch a commercial self-driving car service
To be sure, 21 calls is a tiny fraction of the volume any police department in the country receives on a daily basis. Still, knee-jerk reactions to new technologies are to be expected at this point, and have largely become the norm for quickly growing Silicon Valley companies.Taxi drivers, for example, protested the rapid expansion of Uber and other ride-hailing services across the world. While in San Francisco, luxury buses to transport tech employees from the city to their corporate campuses were targeted by other residents. Other incidents involving Waymo vehicles, like in California, have been the fault of human test drivers. In some cases, the self-driving software would have taken a more safe action.
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