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A former safety driver for self-driving car company Waymo was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated assault and reckless driving after police in Arizona said he repeatedly darted his Mazda in front of the firm’s minivans and deliberately caused a crash. Raymond Tang, 31, cut in front of two Waymo vehicles on Jan. 30, slamming the brakes each time, according to onboard video and a statement released by the Tempe Police Department on Thursday. Both Waymo vehicles were being driven manually. One driver was able to stop in time. The second was not. “Tang admitted to ‘brake-checking’ the Waymo vehicle, which ultimately rear-ended his vehicle,” police said in a statement. Tang ... Full story

14 February