Man apprehended after bungling attempted AV theft

A Californian thief’s attempt to steal a driverless Jaguar ended in embarrassment, and capture, after he couldn’t work out how to drive it, California police reported.

The Waymo vehicle had just dropped off a customer at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, when the man jumped into the driver’s seat, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release.

But the 33-year-old couldn’t figure out how to take over manual control of the car, police told the Sacramento Bee. A Waymo representative warned the man to get out over the Jaguar’s communication system, police said. When he failed to exit the vehicle, the representative contacted police, according to the release. Officers responded and arrested the man on a charge of attempted grand theft auto.

The incident came just a day after California regulators authorized Waymo to expand its fleet of driverless vehicles to Los Angeles and the wider San Francisco area.

(PIcture – Dreamstime)


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