Waymo's automatic driving taxi collides with a small dog and causes death, Waymo claims that it was an unavoidable accident


Daniel Ramirez

It turned out that an automatic driving taxi of Waymo , an automatic driving car development company spun out from Google, collided with a small dog while traveling on a road in San Francisco, USA and caused an accident that killed it. A human driver was also on board to ensure safety in the vehicle that caused the accident, but Waymo claims that it was an unavoidable accident.

A Waymo self-driving car killed a dog in 'unavoidable' accident | TechCrunch

Waymo, a subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet, is testing automated driving taxis in various regions of the United States, and in March 2022, San Francisco will start operating a fully automated driving taxi without a driver. Also, in California, in order to charge a fare from a passenger of an automatic driving taxi, a safety driver must be on board, but in May 2023, ``Waymo and GM Cruise will charge a fare with a fully automatic driving taxi. We are seeking final approval to charge for

Meanwhile, it turned out that Waymo's automatic driving taxi had caused an accident that collided with a small dog while traveling on the road of San Francisco. According to a report (PDF file) submitted to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, a Jaguar I-PACE- based Waymo self-driving car was driving on a slow road called Toland Street in San Francisco when it ran from the side. It is said that he collided with a small dog that came.

The vehicle was running in autonomous driving mode, but a human driver was in the driver's seat. The human driver could not recognize the dog running from the side, and although the vehicle's automatic driving system recognized the dog, it could not avoid collision due to various factors such as the dog's course, speed, and running direction. reportedly not.

TechCrunch, a technology media, inquired, and Waymo sent the following statement:

On May 21st in San Francisco, a small dog ran in front of our vehicle with a self-driving specialist in the driver's seat, unfortunately resulting in a collision. Investigations are ongoing, but initial reviews confirm that the system correctly identified a dog running out from behind a parked car, but a collision was unavoidable. My heartfelt condolences to the dog owner. Trust and safety in the communities where Waymo is located is of utmost importance to us and we continue to investigate this matter.

According to Waymo, neither the driver who was on board nor the automatic driving system applied the brakes to avoid a collision. A spokesperson for Waymo explains that this is because the dog followed an 'unusual route' that runs at high speed toward the side of the vehicle.

Waymo uses a model called '

non-impaired human with their eyes on the conflict (NIEON) ', which reproduces an excellent human driver with AI, as a benchmark of the ability to avoid accidents. I'm here. When NIEON simulated this accident, it seems that the result was that the collision was still unavoidable.

Sagar Behere, vice president of safety at Foretellix, a startup that verifies the safety of self-driving cars, points out that the timing of recognizing the other party is very important to avoid collisions. “If you saw the object, when did you see it? Was it the right time to react to the object and take evasive action? Or did you see the object and did nothing? Did you anticipate doing a good move? Or maybe the object changed course when you were about to take action, ”said Behere.

Although it is highly likely that this accident was unavoidable, TechCrunch said, ``Even if the company is not at fault for a collision involving an autonomous vehicle, the city authorities and self-driving vehicles like San Francisco In cities where tensions run between tech companies and citizens, it could lead to backlash.' In fact, in San Francisco, cases have been reported in which Waymo and Cruise's self-driving taxis intrude into the fire site and interfere with fire extinguishing activities, or stop in the middle of the road and cause traffic congestion.

San Francisco city requests cancellation due to the problem of `` rushing into the fire scene and disturbing firefighters '' and `` sudden stop in the middle of traffic '' by Cruise and Waymo's robot taxi - GIGAZINE

According to TechCrunch, ``If technology and a favorable regulatory environment are the two legs that support the commercialization of self-driving cars, public opinion plays an important role as the third leg. Letting the dog die could kick off its third leg.'

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