Waymo self-driving car involved in an accident in Arizona

A Waymo self-driving car was involved in an accident in Chandler, Arizona last week. According to the local police, there was a minor injury collision involving two vehicles, one of which is a Waymo autonomous vehicle. A Honda sedan swerved and struck the Waymo vehicle, which was traveling at a slow speed and in autonomous mode.

There was one occupant in the Waymo vehicle sitting in the driver’s seat, who sustained minor injuries. The incident is still under investigation. Waymo is licensed to test its vehicles in Arizona without safety drivers but in this case, an operator was present in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash, though the car was in autonomous mode.

Waymo providing a statement and video of the accident has said that while the company was testing its self-driving vehicle in Chandler, Arizona, another car traveling in an oncoming lane swerved across the median and struck its minivan.

Further, the company said that it is concerned about the well-being and safety of its test driver and wish her a full recovery. It also reiterated its mission to make roads safer which it said is the core of everything the company does.


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