San Francisco residents were shocked last night after a mob attacked a Waymo self-driving vehicle and set it on fire in the city's Chinatown. The incident happened around 9:25 a.m. Saturday on Jackson Street between Stockton and Grand, according to local firefighters.
San Francisco Fire Lt. Mariano Elias said 10 to 15 people surrounded the autonomous car and began vandalizing it. Several videos shared on social media showed the group vandalizing the vehicle, while another clip captured the moment the car burst into flames.
A Waymo spokesperson confirmed that the car was not carrying passengers at the time of the attack, and fortunately, no injuries were reported. However, the vehicle sustained significant damage, including broken windows and fire damage.
Waymo expressed concern over the incident, saying the attackers targeted the vehicle, smashed its windows, and fired fireworks into the driverless car.
In light of this troubling incident, NBC Bay Area has reached out to the San Francisco Police Department to get more details about the incident and the possible action being taken.