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

05 May, 2018, 21:51 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Self-driving car crash in Arizona: Waymo car involved in Chandler crash

An autonomous auto being tested by Waymo was involved in a serious collision in the Phoenix, Arizona suburb of Chandler, when a vehicle being driven by a human swerved to avoid another auto, and left the human operator in the Waymo with minor injuries.

"Today while testing our self-driving vehicle in Chandler, Arizona, another auto traveling in an oncoming lane swerved across the median and struck our minivan", Waymo said in a statement to SlashGear.

The head of Waymo, formerly Google's driverless auto project, said at the time his company's technology could have avoided that accident.

The operator in the driver's seat sustained minor injuries. As the Honda swerved, it continued eastbound into the westbound lanes of Chandler Boulevard and hit the Waymo van.

Another self-driving vehicle has been involved in a crash. At the time of the accident, the Google vehicle was in autopilot mode.

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According to the local authorities of Chandler, Arizona, the Waymo self-driving van was hit by a sedan, which attempted to avoid another collision. It's unclear at this stage what caused the silver Honda to swerve across the road into the path of the Waymo minivan.

That crash was the first fatality involving an autonomous vehicle. The accident took place in the Arizona area where the Alphabet division has been widely testing ahead of a consumer ride service launch this year. The Waymo vehicle was covered.

The safety of self-driving vehicles was catapulted into the limelight in March when a self-driving Uber vehicle hit and killed a woman as she was crossing a street at night in Tempe.

Arizona gave Waymo transportation network company (TNC) status in January. Riders can hail a Waymo autonomous van with the Waymo app.

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