CHANDLER, ARIZ.-The attacker withdrew from the park around noon one day in October, scratching his goal, which was empty at the nearby intersection – a self-driving van operated by Waymo, the company's car-free car is coming out of Google.
He committed the attack with an unidentified sharp object, quickly wiping one of the tires. The suspect, identified as a white man in his 20s, then melted in the neighborhood on foot.
The decrease was one of nearly two dozen assaults on unmanned vehicles over the past two years in the city of Chandler, near Phoenix, where Vemmo began testing its vans in 2017. In big and small ways, the city has previously considered public concerns the rise of artificial intelligence, with city officials considering complaints about everything from security to possible job losses.
Some people flooded Waymo vans with stones, according to police reports. Others were constantly trying to keep the vehicles off the road. A woman cried out in one of the vans, telling her to get out of her suburban neighborhood. A man withdrew along with the Vemmo vehicle and threatened the employee to ride inside with a piece of PVC pipe.
In one of the more horrible episodes, a man waved a 22-gauge revolver in the Waymo and emergency driver for the driver for the steering wheel. He told the police that he "despised" drivers without drivers, referring to the killing of a female pawn in March near Tempe by a Uber automobile car.
"There are other places that can be tested," said 37-year-old Eric O'Polka, who issued a police warning in November after several reports that his Jeep Wrangler tried to run for Vano Vauxhall vans from the road – in one case, one towards one of the self-driving vehicles until he was forced to stand up.
His wife, Elizabeth, (35) admitted in an interview that her husband "considers it fun to brake in front of the self-employment vehicles and that she" could have led them to retreat "so that they could scream at them to get out of Their problems began, the couple said, when their 10-year-old son was almost hit by one of the vehicles while playing near the cerebellum.
"They said they need examples from the real world, but I do not want to be their real global mistake," said Eric O'Polka, who runs his own company that provides information technology for small businesses.
"They did not ask us if we want to be part of their beta test," said his wife, who helps in doing business.
At least 21 such attacks are equated to Vanjo Vans in Chandler, as originally reported by Arizona. Some analysts say they expect more such behavior as the nation moves in a wider discussion of the potential of free-riding drivers to free up colossal changes in American society. The debate concerns fears ranging from eliminating jobs for drivers to deviating control over mobility to autonomous vehicles.
"People are justified," said Douglas Ruskoff, a media theorist at New York City's City University and author of the book "Throwing Rocks on Google Bus". He compared cars without a driver with robotic crash incidents – workers who refused to join strikes or occupy the scene of the strikers.
"There is a growing sense that giant corporations that perfect technologies without a driver do not have our best interests in the heart," Ruzhkoff said. "Just think about the people in these vehicles, who basically train the artificial intelligence to replace them."
Emergency drivers in Vonmo combine that were attacked in various cases told Chandler's police that the company no longer wanted to prosecute the defendants.
In some of their reports, police officers also said that Véno often does not want to provide a video about the attacks. In one case, an employee of Waymo said he would seek an order to obtain a video filmed from the company's vehicles.
Police officer William Johnson of Chandler's police department announced in June that the Chrysler PT Cruiser driver had set off between traffic lanes while ridiculing Vannot van Vom.
A manager at Waymo showed video footage of Johnson's incident but did not allow the police to keep them for a more in-depth investigation. According to Johnson's report, the manager said the company did not want to continue the issue, emphasizing that Waymo was concerned about violations of his testing in Chandler.
The report said Waymo was worried about the impact of attacks on emergency drivers, which are meant to remain in the surveillance mode. "The behavior causes drivers to continue manual mode through the automated mode due to concerns about what the driver can do to the other vehicle," Johnson wrote.
In a statement, the Waymo spokeswoman said the attacks included only a small portion of more than 40,000 kilometers that the company's vans reported each day in Arizona.
"Safety is the essence of everything we do, which means that maintaining our drivers, our drivers and public safety is our top priority," said Alexis Georgonson, a Waymo spokeswoman. "Over the past two years, we've discovered that the Arizona are welcome and excited by the potential of this technology to make our roads safer."
Georgeson said the company took seriously the safety of drivers for emergency situations and contests claims that Waymo was trying to avoid bad publicity by avoiding criminal charges.
"We report incidents that we consider to be a danger, and we provided photographs and videos of local law enforcement when we reported these vandalism or attack," Georgon said. "We support our drivers and engage in cases where an act of vandalism has been made against us."
Authorities in Chandler and elsewhere in Arizona remain open to Waymo and other companies without driving cars. Rob Anthonyk, chief operating officer of the Metro Valley, who helps oversee the transit system of the metropolitan Phoenix, said on Twitter that Arizona still welcomes autonomous cars with "open arms" despite the attacks on Waymo vans.
"Do not let individual criminals throwing stones or losing tires hinder their efforts to guide the future of transport," Antonyk said.
But the official welcome MAT failed to convince the nuances.
One of them, Charles Pinham, 37, stood on the street in front of a Venome vehicle in Chandler one evening in August when the police addressed him.
"Pinham was heavily burdened, and his behavior varies from calm to belligerent and upset during my contact with him," police officer Richard Rymbach wrote in his report. "He said he was sick and tired of VWMO drivers riding in his neighborhood, and it's obvious that the best idea to solve this is to stand in front of these vehicles."
The work, obviously. The Waymo employee inside the van, Candace Dunsson, decided not to file charges and said the police preferred to stop driving vehicles in that area.
Pinham received a warning. The van moved.