Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Waymo self-driving van involved in crash

Waymo self-driving van involved in crash

The Waymo van was reportedly hit by sedan after it swerved into the wrong lane in order to avoid another collision.

- Matt Jaffee (@mattjaffee) May 4, 2018p "We are now investigating a minor injury collision involving two vehicles, one of which is a Waymo autonomous vehicle". At the time, police had suggested Waymo's vehicle was in autonomous mode, but with a safety driver behind the wheel. As the Honda swerved the vehicle continued eastbound into the westbound lanes of Chandler Blvd.

"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. According to reports, people got minor injuries. Arizona changed its rules on autonomous vehicle testing late in 2017, opening the door to driverless cars being operated without a human behind the wheel. "The Waymo vehicle was rolling, but I don't think it was going very fast", Tyler said.

The safety of self-driving technology has come under recent scrutiny.

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

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The Police also reported that the Honda city was traveling eastbound on Boulevard where the drivers swerved into the Wymo minivan to avoid intersection with another vehicle on Friday.

This is the second known self-driving auto crash in the Phoenix area in the past two months.

ABC15 has reached out to Waymo for a comment on the crash.

Meanwhile, the autonomous vehicle incurred lesser damage as it was presumably hit at an angle from the side. On the night of March 18, an Uber auto operating in autonomous mode with a driver behind the wheel struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe.

As a result, Arizona governor Doug Ducey ordered the testing of Uber cars to be suspended but didn't ban all self-driving vehicles.

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