According to the company, it left the headquarters in manual mode and was that way for over an hour. It was when the EV reached Haight Street, midblock between Webster Street and Buchanan Street, that everything happened.
We also asked if Waymo had any idea why AEB (automatic emergency braking) did not work as it should. Theoretically, it could have avoided making “contact with a pedestrian,” as the company puts it. Waymo said that it did not have further details to share at this point. Ironically, that’s precisely what the company gave us.
According to the autonomous driving tech company, having “a pedestrian wearing dark clothes at night standing in the road behind the bright lights from a vehicle passing in the opposite direction was very challenging.” It would make perfect sense if we were talking about a Tesla and its exclusive camera-based detection system, but we thought that the I-PACE also had radar for that goal. Waymo also added LiDARs to its cars, but it is not clear if Waymo adapted it to work with the AEB the electric Jaguar has.
Finally, we wanted to learn if the pedestrian hit by the EV is ok. According to Waymo, he was taken to the SFGH (San Francisco General Hospital) “with non-life-threatening injuries.” We are still trying to learn what happened when he got back home, but it is good to know he is apparently ok.