“Oh, no. It’s blocking all the way now.”
A robot uprising begins
A self-driving taxi got stuck in traffic in Chandler, Arizona – and when a technical support team showed up to free him, the car drove off and blocked a three-lane road.
Joel Johnson was driving the autonomous minivan from Waymo, a self-driving vehicle company, when the car stopped on the street after encountering orange safety cones. According to On the edge. The cones eventually confused the vehicle enough to stop it completely.
Johnson recorded the incident and posted the video on his YouTube page, where he often posted his experiences with Waymo under the username JJRicks Studios.
Watch the full video of his experience below:
After getting stuck on the road, Johnson called Waymo’s roadside assistance team for help. As he waited for them to arrive, the car seemed to understand for a moment and make the right turn … only to stop again after encountering the orange cones.
“I don’t think I should have done it,” Johnson said with a laugh. “Oh, no. Now he’s blocking all the way.”
When the ambulance arrived, the car started moving again and started on the road before stopping at an intersection and blocking three lanes.
Roadside assistance eventually caught up with Johnson and the wayward minivan.
The whole situation is a little embarrassing for Waymo. The company currently owns 600 vehicles throughout its fleet of more than 300 vehicles operating in Arizona, according to On the edge. The situation is also secure cast more doubt on the efficiency of the self-driving vehicles.
But it’s good to know that if autonomous vehicles ever decide to cheat, they can be stopped with a little orange plastic.
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