Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Waymo Self-Driving Minivan Involved In Arizona Crash

Waymo Self-Driving Minivan Involved In Arizona Crash

It was the first pedestrian death caused by a self-driving vehicle.

"Today while testing our self-driving vehicle in Chandler, Arizona, another auto traveling in an oncoming lane swerved across the median and struck our minivan", Waymo told SlashGear in a statement this evening.

Uber and Waymo are tied by more than their misfortunes in the Grand Canyon State, which has become one of the most active testing grounds for self-driving cars.

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 is the self-driving technology arm of Google and has been testing its autonomous cars for quite some time. Onlookers and witnesses posted pictures of the crash, showing the sedan front-end totally wrecked within the crumple zone along with broken glass from its windshield and windows. Both the vehicles were towed from the venue if accident. The Waymo operator sustained only minor injuries, according to reports.

According to local police, a Honda minivan traveling eastbound on Chandler Boulevard swerved to avoid striking a vehicle traveling northbound on Los Feliz Drive.

"As the Honda swerved, the vehicle continued eastbound into the westbound lanes of Chandler Blvd. and struck the Waymo vehicle, which was traveling at a slow speed and in autonomous mode", said Seth Tyler, a spokesman for the Chandler Police department, in an email.

"The Waymo vehicle was in the wrong place at the wrong time", Tyler told Newsweek. The crash in Chandler, Arizona only resulted in minor injuries, with early accounts suggesting that the autonomous vehicle was not at fault.

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