An autonomous auto being tested by Waymo was involved in a serious collision in the Phoenix, Arizona suburb of Chandler, when a vehicle being driven by a human swerved to avoid another vehicle, and left the human operator in the Waymo with minor injuries.
In November 2017, Waymo announced that self-driving cars would be tested in Chandler without someone in the driver's seat. In this case a driver was on board and was injured in the accident. This afternoon around noon a vehicle (Honda sedan) traveling eastbound on Chandler Blvd. had to swerve to avoid striking a vehicle traveling northbound on Los Feliz Dr. You can see Waymo's footage of the incident below. He said the vehicle was traveling westbound as it approached an intersection and the Honda sedan was traveling eastbound. Waymo's van is in slightly better shape as it appears the Honda hit the driver's side front fender. The spokesman also said that the Waymo vehicle was operating in autonomous mode at the time of the collision, and that the operator only suffered minor injuries in the crash.
The collision occurred when the vehicle was in autonomous mode, but so far the Waymo auto doesn't appear to be the primary instigator behind the accident, according to local police. On the night of March 18, an Uber vehicle operating in autonomous mode with a driver behind the wheel struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe.
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Another self-driving vehicle accident happened in Chandler, Arizona that resulted in minor injuries. 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. Both vehicles had to be towed after the collision, which was first reported by ABC15.