Waymo self-driving vehicle involved in accident in Chandler
- Author: Terrell Bush May 06, 2018,
May 06, 2018, 18:40
The video released by Waymo is taken from front-facing camera sensors mounted in the vehicle.
A self-driving vehicle from Alphabet's Waymo company was involved in a auto crash in Chandler, Arizona on Friday, resulting in minor injuries. Supposedly, what followed was that the driver of the eastbound vehicle swerved into the opposite lane to avoid a collision with another auto and consequently hit the Waymo van. Both vehicles appeared heavily damaged, but police report that someone sitting in the driver's seat of the Waymo sustained only "minor injuries".
For photos from the scene captured the Waymo van injured in the area of the front left wheel and bumper.
According to officials the driver of a Honda sedan was traveling eastbound on Chandler Boulevard had to swerve to avoid striking a vehicle traveling northbound on Los Feliz Drive.
The Waymo vehicle was traveling at a slow speed and in autonomous mode.
Arizona has become a testing ground for the nascent technology of autonomous vehicles under Governor Doug Ducey, and the self-driving vehicles of Waymo and Uber are a common sight on Valley roads.
Waymo is a self-driving vehicle initiative from Google's parent company Alphabet.
It swerved sharply before crashing into the driver's side of the Waymo auto. "This incident is still under investigation", the statement was given by the local police to the Techcrunch.
This is the second known self-driving auto crash in the Phoenix area in the past two months.
Police in Arizona are now investigating the crash, which occurred fewer than two months after a self-driving Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in another part of the state.
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Waymo did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.