Why Are Protesters Physically Attacking Waymo’s Driverless Taxis in Arizona?

When NPR asked Arizona Republic reporter Ryan Randazzo about the nature of the attacks, he said, “someone ran from a local park and slashed the tires of one sitting in traffic on a road nearby. Other cabs have been run off the road. Someone in a Jeep ran the self-driving car off the road at least six times. The worst was when a man aimed a gun at one as it drove past his driveway. He was arrested.”

Driverless cars seemed to reach peak hype in late 2017, according to Ars Technica. Expectations were high, and 2018 was a year of designing, building, and testing the vehicles. Since the fatal Uber accident, however, many observers have been wondering if driverless cars are ready to hit the streets.