Waymo's self-driving cars have been attacked by people with rocks and knives nearly two dozen times

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Waymo's self-driving minivans have been the target of violence during tests in Phoenix, as some residents object to the rise of autonomous cars in their neighborhood.

Almost two dozen such incidents have been recorded so far, according to the New York Times.

People - Cars - Rocks - Others - Cars

People have pelted the cars with rocks, others scream at the cars and try to run them off the road, while one driver threatened a car with a PVC pipe and another pointed a gun at a Waymo van.

In another case, a driver drove head-on toward one of the cars until it was forced to stop, the Times reported.

Vehicles - Attackers - Backup - Drivers - Mode

When vehicles are approached by the attackers, the backup drivers are often forced to resume manual mode in the car.

The human monitors who sit as passengers in the vehicles often don't call police, however, as they're trained to handle harassment.

Waymo - Prosecution - Assailants

And Waymo has never pursued prosecution of any of the assailants.

'Safety is the core of everything we do, which means that keeping our drivers, our riders, and the public safe is our top priority,' Alexis Georgeson, the Waymo spokeswoman, told the Times.

Years - Arizonans - Potential - Technology - Roads

'Over the past two years, we've found Arizonans to be welcoming and excited by the potential of this technology to make our roads safer.

'...We report incidents we deem to pose a danger and we have provided photos and videos to local law enforcement when reporting these acts of vandalism or assault.

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