One of Waymo’s Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans has been involved in an accident in Chandler, Arizona.
Details are limited but police told ABC15 that a Honda was traveling east on Chandler Boulevard and had to swerve to avoid hitting another vehicle that was traveling north on Los Feliz Drive. As the Honda swerved, it entered the westbound lanes of Chandler Boulevard and ended up hitting the Waymo minivan. Police said the minivan was in autonomous driving mode at the time of the accident and the vehicle had a safety driver who received minor injuries.
Chandler Police Detective Seth Tyler told the Phoenix New Times that the Waymo minivan was not the “violator vehicle” and it “just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Tyler went on to say the “The Waymo vehicle was rolling, but I don’t think it was going very fast.”
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Ariel footage and photos from Twitter suggest the impact was relatively severe as the Honda has major front end damage and its airbags deployed. Waymo’s van is in slightly better shape as it appears the Honda hit the driver’s side front fender. Regardless of where the car hit, it damaged the minivan’s front bumper, headlight, front fender and driver’s side door.
It remains unclear if the Waymo minivan had any passengers at the time of the collision and Tyler couldn’t confirm whether or not the driver of the Honda suffered any injuries.
While initial reports suggest Waymo wasn’t at fault for the accident, the collision comes just months after a fatal crash involving one of Uber’s autonomous vehicles. In that case, Uber quickly settled with the victim’s daughter and Arizona’s governor suspended the company’s autonomous testing program in the state indefinitely.
H/T to Jalopnik