Self-driving vehicle crash in Arizona: Waymo auto involved in Chandler crash

Rosemary Collier
May 6, 2018

Both vehicles had to be towed after the collision, which was first reported by ABC15. The second vehicle has a more pronounced damage to the engine compartment.

It's not clear which human driver was at fault, but forthcoming video from the Waymo vehicle will likely reveal more.

The van - operated by Waymo - was involved in a crash near Chandler, Arizona. Dash-cam video from Uber's fatal accident in March-when one of its cars in autonomous mode struck and killed Elaine Hertzberg-showed that that event was probably avoidable, contrary to initial police statements.

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Police say the crash happened Friday afternoon local time after a Honda sedan swerved to avoid another vehicle, and hit the self-driving van. As the Honda swerved, it continued eastbound into the westbound lanes of Chandler Boulevard and hit the Waymo van.

The incident saw a auto veer across the lanes and into oncoming traffic.

Raw video shows a vehicle jumping the median and colliding with a Waymo self-driving minivan.

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Reportedly the sedan was traveling eastbound and swerved to avoid another auto at an intersection, straying into the westbound lanes and hitting the Waymo van. The Waymo self-driving auto was said to be travelling at a low speed which minimised the impact of the crash.

"The Waymo vehicle is not the violator vehicle".

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

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