Waymo Self-Driving Minivan Involved In Arizona Crash

Carlton Robbins
May 6, 2018

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. In this case a driver was on board and was injured in the accident.

"This afternoon around noon a vehicle (Honda sedan) travelling eastbound on Chandler Blvd. had to swerve to avoid striking a vehicle traveling northbound on Los Feliz Dr". You can see Waymo's footage of the incident below.

Chandler has seen at least three accidents involving Waymo autonomous vehicles in the past two years involving human drivers hitting the self-driving cars.

As per the reports, the Sedan was travelling eastwards and had swerved with the Waymo van by entering inyo the westbound lanes in the process of avoiding itself from intersecting with another auto. However, the information on what actions the Waymo minivan took after the sedan chose to swerved for avoiding another collision. Google began testing self-driving cars in 2009. Police said the minivan was in autonomous driving mode at the time of the accident and the vehicle had a safety driver who received minor injuries.

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Experts noted that the company will have more answers after its technicians analyze the video and the data taken from vehicle's array of sensors and autonomous driving system. Tyler went on to say the "The Waymo vehicle was rolling, but I don't think it was going very fast".

- 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".

In March, a woman, Elain Herzberg, was fatally hit by an Uber vehicle that was in autonomous mode in Tempe.

Waymo has released a video from the driverless auto involved in a collision in Arizona today, suggesting there was little either the vehicle or the safety driver could have done to avoid the crash.

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