Google Waymo self-driving car accident: knocked down an electric skateboard rider, but fortunately there wasn't any serious injury
It was reported that a car of Alphabet's self-driving car company, Waymo, collided with a pedestrian riding an electric scooter in San Francisco on Wednesday night. But the company's developers said that the driver of the car was driving the car manually when the accident occurred.

A Waymo spokesperson confirmed that the accident occurred in downtown San Francisco, at the intersection of McAllister and Larkin.

The spokesperson issued a statement on Thursday evening, saying: “The driverless commissioner recently exited the autopilot mode and was in manual driving mode when the vehicle entered an intersection and turned left. After turning, the vehicle was still in manual driving mode. Mode, at this time there was contact with a person on an electric scooter."

Waymo said the accident did not cause serious injuries. The electric car driver removed the car by himself after the accident, and the company's car only scratched on the surface-it was a Jaguar I-PACE electric car equipped with Waymo's driverless technology.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it did not investigate the accident. The San Francisco Police Department also stated that it did not launch an ongoing investigation into the accident, nor did they organize a dedicated team to investigate accidents related to driverless cars.

Within a few hours after the accident, Waymo temporarily restricted its fleet to operate near Tenderloin, where the incident occurred, but it still operated normally in other areas of San Francisco.

Waymo has always been one of Alphabet’s most ambitious, but always losing money projects. In general, driverless cars and robotic taxi services have been slowly advancing in the US market due to technical obstacles and safety issues.

In 2018, Uber's driverless test vehicle knocked down a pedestrian pushing a bicycle across a road in Arizona, which was also a major event in the early development of the driverless car industry. The driver and Uber safety driver were subsequently charged with malfeasance, and Uber eventually sold its driverless business to the startup Aurora in December 2020.

However, the supervision of driverless technology in the United States is still relatively loose, and investors are continuing to invest in GM-backed Cruise, Alphabet's Waymo and other companies, but the time has been delayed.

On Wednesday, Waymo announced a US$2.5 billion financing from previous investors and Tiger Global Fund.

The company has received approval from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to conduct road tests in San Francisco with or without a human driver. Waymo also operates a commercial taxi service called Waymo One in Phoenix, and a delivery service called Waymo Via.

Although it is generally believed that Waymo is the most responsible driverless car developer in the United States, the company's car has also experienced problems in Phoenix and was recorded by pedestrians.

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