One of Waymo's self-driving minivans gets caught in a road crash

06 May, 2018, 03:14 | Author: Rosalie Gross
  • Self-driving car crash in Arizona: Waymo car involved in Chandler crash

"& struck the Waymo vehicle, which was traveling at a slow speed and in autonomous mode", the local authorities detailed. The second auto has a more pronounced damage to the engine compartment.

The driver of the Waymo minivan, the only person in the vehicle, "sustained injuries which required hospitalization", according to Tyler.

A police spokesman told ABC15 that he believed it was the first collision involving a Waymo vehicle in Chandler this year.

The Chandler police also said the Waymo van was not the "violator vehicle", ABC 15 News reported.

The police reported that the vehicle (Honda sedan), heading East on Boulevard Chandler, was forced to turn aside to avoid a collision with a auto that was headed North on the street in Los Feliz Drive.

As a result, the Honda went into opposing traffic lanes and hit the Waymo minivan.

As reported by the police, an operator was present in the vehicle on the drivers' seat at the time of the crash although the auto was in autonomous mode.

The incident saw a vehicle veer across the lanes and into oncoming traffic.

Twitter user Matt Jaffee posted a photo of the accident scene at 3:40 p.m. PT. Jaffee tweeted: "Right now: Pretty gnarly crash with an @Waymo van in Chandler, AZ". That vehicle was in autonomous mode, but there was an operator in the driver's seat. "This incident is still under investigation". However, this accident comes not long after an Uber self-driving vehicle infamously struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona.

Although Waymo has said it will be testing vehicles without safety drivers in Arizona, this was not one of them.

In February, Uber settled a lawsuit with Alphabet, the parent company of Waymo (and Google) over the alleged theft of self-driving auto intellectual property. TNC status means Waymo can charge riders for service.

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