In just Less than two months after a Uber self-driving auto struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, police in Chandler Arizona are investigating another autonomous auto crash, this time involving a vehicle operated by a Waymo, a subsidiary of Google. Google began testing self-driving cars in 2009.
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.
In March, a woman, Elain Herzberg, was fatally hit by an Uber vehicle that was in autonomous mode in Tempe. The front crumpled zone of the Sedan had got badly broken along with its glass. According to the police, there are some minors injuries to the drivers of both the vehicles without any serious impact.
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.
As per the Chandler Police Department report, a vehicle on the other side of the road had to swerve to avoid a collision, only to cross over to the other side of the road and smash straight into the Waymon minivan. Both the Waymo self-driving vehicle and the Honda sedan had to be towed from the scene of the accident. "The Waymo vehicle was rolling, but I don't think it was going very fast", Tyler said. For now, it seems like the autonomous vehicle was not directly responsible for the crash. "This incident is still under investigation", the statement was given by the local police to the Techcrunch. Waymo's Chrysler Pacifica was traveling westbound when it was struck by the Honda.