Self-driving taxi company recalls software after crashes in Phoenix

A driving technology company voluntarily recalled its self-driving car software after two of its robotaxis hit a towed vehicle in Phoenix at the end of last year.

Waymo, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, recalled the software following an incident on Dec. 11, 2023, in which a self-driving vehicle hit a backward-facing pickup truck “being improperly towed,” according to a blog post published Tuesday. After the initial hit, neither vehicle stopped moving, and a second Waymo car hit the towed truck a few minutes later.

“Neither Waymo vehicle was transporting riders at the time, and this unusual scenario resulted in no injuries and minor vehicle damage,” Waymo chief safety officer Mauricio Peña wrote.

Peña said Waymo informed the Phoenix Police Department, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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