Self-driving Waymo minivan involved in crash in Arizona

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               Operator of self-driving Waymo vehicle injured in Chandler crash        The investigation is ongoing

VALLEY Operator of self-driving Waymo vehicle injured in Chandler crash The investigation is ongoing

This may be Waymo's first accident in its Arizona test program.

A self-driving vehicle operated by Waymo was involved in a crash in Chandler on Friday afternoon.

"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 said in a statement to SlashGear. An operator was in the driver's seat at the time of the crash, though the auto was in autonomous mode, police said.

"We are now investigating a minor injury collision involving two vehicles, one of which is a Waymo autonomous vehicle".

For photos from the scene captured the Waymo van injured in the area of the front left wheel and bumper. The Honda ended up in the westbound lanes and struck the Waymo SUV. Regardless of where the vehicle hit, it damaged the minivan's front bumper, headlight, front fender and driver's side door.

It's not clear which human driver was at fault, but forthcoming video from the Waymo vehicle will likely reveal more.

Reports say that the vehicle was in autonomous mode at the time. Both the vehicles were towed from the venue if accident.

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

Waymo is a autonomous driving company affiliated with Google.

Police in Arizona are now investigating the crash, which occurred fewer than two months after a self-driving Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in another part of the state. TNC status means Waymo can charge riders for service.

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