A Waymo went a little rogue in Phoenix recently, with JJRicks in the vehicle, video recording. The vehicle stopped, blocked traffic, and then occasionally took off for a burst while the human support team tried to arrive and wrangle it. It was a bit like watching a rancher try to herd uncooperative livestock.
Everything turned out okay in the end. I’m especially struck by how well the Waymo team, who are kind of a supporting cast in the video, handle the whole incident. The Waymo remote assistance representative stays with Ricks the whole time, and doesn’t appear flustered or panicked. Same thing with the support driver who eventually arrives to take over.
The vehicle never hits anything, or even appears at risk of a collision. It’s a pretty calm scenario, all things considered.