Driverless Waymo car hits cyclist in San Francisco

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An autonomous Waymo car collided with a bike in San Francisco on Tuesday, but the cyclist sustained only minor injuries and left the scene on their own, according to the firm via email.


Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car company, said it had dispatched police and communicated with relevant authorities regarding the situation. However, as they passed the Waymo vehicle’s route, the cyclist was not visible behind the truck. 


According to an email from a San Francisco Fire Department representative, a 911 call was placed to report the collision, but the rider was not brought to the hospital. They stated that the San Francisco Police Department was investigating the incident. The San Francisco Police Department and the Department of Motor Vehicles did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment.


Waymo has tried to extend its autonomous service in Los Angeles, where it is currently testing rides and accepting new riders exclusively by invitation. However, some lawmakers and residents have expressed concern that robot cars are untested and pose a safety danger.


Last month, GM’s Cruise self-driving car subsidiary reported investigations by the U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission following an accident in which one of its robotaxis struck a pedestrian and dragged her 20 feet.

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