Waymo updating robotaxis after self-driving vehicle crashes into pole


A Waymo autonomous self-driving Jaguar electric vehicle sits parked at a charging station in Los Angeles, California, on May 15, 2024. Waymo's self-driving taxis are operating in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and are currently authorised to operate without a human driver. — AFP

SAN JOSE, California: Google subsidiary Waymo for autonomous taxis and deliveries on June 12 said that it would update the software of its entire fleet after one of its unoccupied driverless vehicles crashed into a telephone post in May.

A Waymo spokeswoman said that the software update had been reported to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as a voluntary recall.

This is the second official recall by the Google subsidiary. The first one, in February, was due to the software's inability to predict the path of a car being towed by a truck. Waymo had warned that the issue had the potential to lead to rear-end collisions.

Waymo's self-driving taxis are operating in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and are currently authorised to operate without a human driver.

Waymo's robotaxis complete over 50,000 journeys per week. – dpa

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