Waymo robotaxi injures cyclist in San Francisco

Occurred: February 2024

A driverless Waymo car collided with a cyclist in San Francisco, causing minor injuries to the cyclist and leading to a review of the incident by California's auto regulator. 

Per Reuters, Waymo said its vehicle had stopped at a four-way intersection when a large truck crossed the intersection in its direction. At its turn to proceed, the Waymo car moved forward. 

However, the cyclist, who was obscured by the truck which the cyclist was following, took a left turn into the Waymo vehicle's path. When the cyclist was fully visible, the Waymo's vehicle braked heavily, but wasn't able to avoid the collision.

The incident raised questions about the accuracy, reliability, and safety of Waymo's self-driving system.

Operator: Alphabet/Waymo
Developer: Alphabet/Waymo
Country: USA
Sector: Automotive
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Self-driving system; Computer vision
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Safety
Transparency: Governance; Black box

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Type: Incident
Published: February 2024