Incident 226: Waze Allegedly Clogged Streets and Directed Drivers to Make Unsafe Traffic Decisions

Description: For years, Waze has, in an attempt to cut travel times, allegedly caused more traffic and guided drivers to make unsafe and often un-permitted traffic decisions, which was described by a Los Angeles city council member as a threat to public safety.


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Alleged: Waze developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Sherman Oaks residents , Waze users and Los Angeles city government.

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Khoa Lam


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.