"We are concerned about the well-being and safety of our test driver and wish her a full recovery". However, the information on what actions the Waymo minivan took after the sedan made a decision to swerved for avoiding another collision.
A self-driving van operated by Waymo - a cousin company to Google under the corporate umbrella of Alphabet - was involved in a crash on Friday in Chandler, Arizona.
Early reports were that the Waymo Chrysler was in autonomous mode, but Waymo and police later said it was in manual mode. It was the first pedestrian death caused by a self-driving vehicle.
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"We are now investigating a minor injury collision involving two vehicles, one of which is a Waymo autonomous vehicle". 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. As the Honda swerved, the vehicle continued eastbound into the westbound lanes of Chandler Blvd.
Experts noted that the company will have more answers after its technicians analyze the video and the data taken from vehicle's array of sensors and autonomous driving system. The sedan's front crumple zone is wrecked and glass is broken; the van is in better shape, though its front right tire is crushed in.
Reportedly the sedan was traveling eastbound and swerved to avoid another vehicle at an intersection, straying into the westbound lanes and hitting the Waymo van. "Both the Waymo Vehicle and the Honda were towed from the scene.The accident is under investigation".