S.F.: Waymo autonomous vehicle vandalized and set on fire in Chinatown


A Waymo autonomous vehicle was set on fire the night of Feb. 10 after it was vandalized by a group of people in Chinatown, San Francisco firefighters said.

The vehicle was traveling on Jackson Street, between Stockton and Grant, about 9:25 p.m. when it was surrounded by about 10 to 15 people, Lt. Mariano Elias said.

The “crowd surrounded and vandalized the vehicle, breaking the window and throwing a firework inside, which set the vehicle on fire,” said Sandy Karp, a Waymo spokesperson.

The car was not transporting any passengers and no injuries were reported, Karp said.

“We are working closely with local safety officials to respond to the situation,” Karp said.

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