Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Waymo Doesn't Appear to Be at Fault in Arizona Crash

Waymo Doesn't Appear to Be at Fault in Arizona Crash

According to local news station ABC 15, a Honda sedan crashed into the Waymo minivan after swerving to avoid hitting another auto.

Air15 video showed significant damage to the self-driving van, as well as a silver sedan, after the collision near Chandler Village Drive and Chandler Boulevard.

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. The front crumpled zone of the Sedan had got badly broken along with its glass.

Chandler Police Detective Seth Tyler told the Phoenix New Times that the Waymo minivan was not the "violator vehicle" and it "just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time". According to the police, there are some minors injuries to the drivers of both the vehicles without any serious impact. Police are investigating the accident, per that report.

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. However, in only one incident so far was a Waymo vehicle said to be at fault: A Waymo vehicle was traveling at 2 miles per hour in Mountain View, California, when it hit the side of a public bus.

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

Twitter user Matt Jaffee posted a photo of the accident scene at 3:40 p.m. PT. Jaffee tweeted: "Right now: Pretty gnarly crash with an @Waymo van in Chandler, AZ".

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