Self-Driving Waymo Minivan Involved In A Crash

Mae Love
May 8, 2018

A Waymo-operated autonomous mini van involved with an accident in Chandler, Ariz., the past week was being driven in guide manner when it was struck with an out of control auto or truck.

The Chrysler Pacifica equipped with Waymo's self-driving technology was struck by a Honda Civic heading in the opposite direction that had swerved to avoid a third vehicle that had run a red light. As the Honda swerved, it continued eastbound into the westbound lanes of Chandler Boulevard and hit the Waymo van.

Police said the auto that ran the red light was extended a ticket to the moving violation.

In a statement released Saturday, Waymo said the van was being driven on manual, not autonomous mode. "We are concerned about the well-being and safety of our test driver and wish her a full recovery".

The occupant in the Waymo vehicle was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries.

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The company also said its mission is to make roads safer. It published a movie of those moments prior to the collision.

The Waymo vehicle was driving slowly and in autonomous mode, he said.

The protection of self-driving know-how has come underneath latest scrutiny.

Five days before that Waymo mishap, a much more benign incident occurred involving a Waymo vehicle.

A Waymo self-driving auto was involved in a three-vehicle crash on May 4 in a busy shopping district of Chandler, Arizona, that was caused by a red-light runner, according to media reports.

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