Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Waymo Self-Driving Car Crashes In Arizona - Driver Injured

Waymo Self-Driving Car Crashes In Arizona - Driver Injured

"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 told SlashGear in a statement this evening.

Waymo began its self-driving auto business in 2009, at which point it was a part of Google, according to the company website. In this case a driver was on board and was injured in the accident. On Friday afternoon around noon, a Honda Sedan was travelling eastbound on Chandler Blvd. which had to swerve to avoid striking a vehicle which was traveling northbound. Waymo uploaded the 5-second video to YouTube.

One of Waymo's Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans has been involved in an accident in Chandler, Arizona. However, the information on what actions the Waymo minivan took after the sedan chose to swerved for avoiding another collision. The Waymo self-driving auto was said to be travelling at a low speed which minimised the impact of the crash.

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The incident-two months after an Uber self-driving vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in nearby Tempe-is still under investigation, but early indications are that it was not the fault of the autonomous auto.

"The Waymo vehicle was in the wrong place at the wrong time", Tyler told Newsweek. First reports indicate the autonomous vehicle was not at fault in the crash - not the "violator vehicle", according to ABC 15 News.

The operator in the driver's seat sustained minor injuries. It seems like the tech giants are struggling with the safe testing of the self-driving vehicles. Chandler police said the van was operating in autonomous mode. In the process, the Honda crossed to the side of the road with traffic running in the opposite direction, and plowed into Waymo's test van.

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