Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Science | By Celia Watts

A Waymo self-driving van was involved in a crash in Arizona

A Waymo self-driving van was involved in a crash in Arizona

Both the Waymo vehicle and the Honda were towed from the scene. The second vehicle has a more pronounced damage to the engine compartment. Minor injuries were reported.

As per the statement of the police regarding the investigation, they said, " We are now investigating a minor injury collision involving two vehicles, one of which is a Waymo autonomous vehicle.

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. The Honda sedan entered the opposite lane and ended up hitting the side of the Waymo self-driving minivan. The Honda vehicle went into opposing traffic lanes and hit the Waymo auto.

According to local police, a Honda minivan traveling eastbound on Chandler Boulevard swerved to avoid striking a vehicle traveling northbound on Los Feliz Drive. "This incident is still under investigation".

Right now: Pretty gnarly crash with an @Waymo van in Chandler, AZ.

Reports say that the vehicle was in autonomous mode at the time.

There have now been two vehicle accidents involving autonomous vehicles in the Phoenix area.

Back in March 2018, a woman named Elain Herzberg was killed by an Uber vehicle that was in autonomous mode in Tempe, Arizona.

Waymo is a self-driving firm linked to the parent company of Google.

"The Waymo vehicle is not the violator vehicle".

"We are concerned about the well-being and safety of our test driver and wish her a full recovery", Waymo said.

Arizona gave Waymo transportation network company (TNC) status in January.

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