Waymo car running in manual mode hits pedestrian in San Francisco

A vehicle operated by autonomous technology company Waymo struck a pedestrian on the road Wednesday night in San Francisco.

A human safety driver was driving the vehicle, an electric Jaguar I-Pace, in manual mode at the time of the collision, according to a spokesperson for Waymo, who further said the vehicle had been in manual mode “for the entire mission. “

The pedestrian, a 33-year-old man, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

The collision occurred at 10:24 p.m. on Haight Street between Buchanan and Webster. Police say they found the pedestrian on the road. He was taken to hospital by ambulance, according to Waymo. His condition was not immediately known.

Police said Waymo’s safety driver, a 37-year-old man, remained at the crash scene and cooperated. The safety driver was the only human in the vehicle, according to Waymo. Investigators do not believe alcohol or impairment was a factor in the crash, police spokesman Constable Adam Lobsinger said.

Waymo has increased his tests in San Francisco this year. In August, the company opened a “trust tester” program that allowed some San Francisco residents to flag down self-driving rides in the new all-electric I-Pace in certain areas of the city. The program was akin to Waymo’s “Early Rider Program” in the Phoenix metro area, where Waymo has now deployed a self-driving commercial rideshare service in a 50 square mile area of ​​Chandler and Tempe, Arizona.

“The trust and safety of the communities in which we drive is of the utmost importance to us, and we will continue to investigate this incident in partnership with local authorities,” said the spokesperson for Waymo.

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