Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Apple and Google Are Rerouting Their Employee Buses as Attacks Resume

An image sent to us from an anonymous source at Apple documenting the broken shuttle bus windows An image sent to us from an anonymous source at Apple documenting the broken shuttle bus
Nellie Chapman | 18 January, 2018, 18:41

None of the buses were marked.

No one was hurt in any of the incidents, but the CHP is taking this very seriously and are out patrolling for whoever is responsible because this is a very reckless thing to do. We're working closely with law enforcement to investigate these incidents and we'll notify you as soon as the coaches are able to return to the regular route. "We're not ruling anything out", he told the Guardian.

That being said, the buses of each of the tech firms are a distinct color: Google's are white, Apple's are silver and Facebook's are blue.

The buses does not show any logos of the companies that hired them.

At least one Google bus has also been vandalized.

Interestingly, the buses involved in this latest incident don't include branding indicating they come from a major tech corporation.

Why are the buses being attacked?

The buses are available to employees only, and they've always been a symbol of division between the tech world and everyone else. The service has repeatedly been protested and often faced vandalism, including a lawsuit as well. Anything thrown or shot at a bus with enough force to break its windows is a safety concern that puts passengers at risk of serious injury. Then the next year, protesters blocked the buses and waved banners expressing discontent over the privatization of the region's transport system.

The first attack was reported on the evening of Friday 12 January, when Google' bus, shuttling employees between the company campus and San Francisco was attacked outside San Francisco.

In response, we've learned that Apple has rerouted the bus routes for employees living in San Francisco, adding 30-45 minutes of commute time each way, as the company works with authorities to see what exactly is going on. However, there are no reports of anyone getting injured.

The incidents remain under investigation, and further details were not immediately available.

Due to the potential targeting, the two tech giants made a decision to alter the usual routes, causing "an additional 30-45 minutes of commute time in each direction", according to an email from "The Apple Commute Team" obtained by Mashable.