One of Waymo's self-driving minivans gets caught in a road crash

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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

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

ABC15 Arizona has released footage of the collision's aftermath, which shows the Waymo vehicle, a Chrysler minivan, nearby a Honda sedan that's had its front end demolished. Arizona changed its rules on autonomous vehicle testing late in 2017, opening the door to driverless cars being operated without a human behind the wheel.

The person in the driver's seat of the self-driving vehicle suffered minor injuries.

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According to local news station ABC 15, a Honda sedan crashed into the Waymo minivan after swerving to avoid hitting another vehicle.

Meanwhile, the autonomous vehicle incurred lesser damage as it was presumably hit at an angle from the side.

Police spokesman Seth Tyler said it is believed that this is the first Waymo collision in Chandler this year. Both the cars were towed by the authorities after the incident reported to the police. As the Honda swerved, it continued eastbound into the westbound lanes of Chandler Boulevard and hit the Waymo van. "& struck the Waymo vehicle, which was traveling at a slow speed and in autonomous mode", the local authorities detailed. For now, it seems like the autonomous vehicle was not directly responsible for the crash. 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. 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.

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