Accused thief hops into driverless car – then can’t drive it away, California cops say


A Waymo vehicle had just dropped off a passenger when the would-be thief jumped into the driver’s seat, but the 33-year-old man couldn’t figure out how to take over manual control of the car, police said. — Reuters

A man hopped into a driverless Jaguar to try to steal it but couldn’t figure out how to drive it away, California police reported.

The vehicle, which belonged to the ride-hailing service Waymo, had just dropped off a customer at 10.30pm on Saturday, March 2, when the man jumped into the driver’s seat, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release.

But the 33-year-old man couldn’t figure out how to take over manual control of the car, police said.

A Waymo representative warned the man to get out over the Jaguar’s communication system, police said. When he failed to exit the vehicle, the representative contacted police, according to the release.

Officers responded and arrested the man on a charge of attempted grand theft auto, police said.

California regulators on Friday, March 1, authorised Waymo to expand its fleet of driverless vehicles to Los Angeles and the wider San Francisco area, The Associated Press reported.

The vehicles have already been operating in downtown San Francisco. – The Charlotte Observer/Tribune News Service

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!
   

Next In Tech News

Meta announces new nudity filter in effort to tackle sextortion
Music subscriptions in Europe can now be purchased outside App Store
Miniature sensor to monitor your health while driving
Apple says it will allow old iPhone parts to be used in repairs
How the push to make ‘Grounded’ a multiplatform game made it better
Bitcoin down by 7.1% to $62,346
Apple denies violating US court order in Epic Games lawsuit
Google Photos is making its smart editing tools available to everyone
Palmsy is your one-person social media with pretend likes
AI is being used to help you eat those leftovers in your fridge

Others Also Read