Waymo self-driving car crashes in Arizona

Self-driving car crash in Arizona: Waymo car involved in Chandler crash

Self-driving car crash in Arizona: Waymo car involved in Chandler crash

The Police also reported that the Honda city was traveling eastbound on Boulevard where the drivers swerved into the Wymo minivan to avoid intersection with another vehicle on Friday. 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.

Chandler police said the Waymo van was in autonomous mode with an occupant behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

In February, Uber settled a lawsuit with Alphabet, the parent company of Waymo (and Google) over the alleged theft of self-driving auto intellectual property. Its driver reportedly sustained minor injuries. That vehicle was in autonomous mode, but there was an operator in the driver's seat.

Arizona has become a testing ground for the nascent technology of autonomous vehicles under Governor Doug Ducey, and the self-driving vehicles of Waymo and Uber are a common sight on Valley roads. According to preliminary data, the initiator of the accident was another vehicle. The van was hit by a vehicle driving eastbound into westbound lanes. "This incident is still under investigation". An Uber self-driving vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian in Tempe on March 19. When it swerved, it entered the westbound lanes and struck the oncoming Waymo van.

There have now been two vehicle accidents involving autonomous vehicles in the Phoenix area.

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

Arizona gave Waymo transportation network company (TNC) status in January.

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