Self-driving car goes up in flames as fireworks are set off during Chinese New Year celebrations in San Francisco

A self-driving car from Waymo, a sister company of Google, has been vandalized in San Francisco. Video footage on social media shows how several people smashed the windows of the vehicle and then exploded fireworks inside the robot taxi, causing it to burn out completely. The incident happened in Chinatown, where many people were celebrating Chinese New Year. The taxi had no passengers on board, and no one was injured.

Self-driving cars are increasingly under attack in San Francisco. The fire department complains that they often block traffic, while Uber drivers fear that they will lose their jobs. Since the summer, vehicles from Waymo and rival Cruise have been allowed to offer taxi services 24 hours a day in San Francisco. However, Cruise’s cars have been idle since October after a pedestrian was dragged several meters by a robot taxi. Proponents believe that self-driving cars are still safer than vehicles driven by humans.

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