Chandler Police say the accident happened around noon Friday, when a driver heading eastbound in a Honda sedan swerved to avoid a vehicle and drove into the westbound lanes of Chandler Blvd., where it struck the Waymo minivan. You can see Waymo's footage of the incident below.
The eastbound Honda veered over a raised median and into the westbound lanes of Chandler Boulevard.
"We are concerned about the well-being and safety of our test driver and wish her a full recovery", Waymo said in a statement.
As reported by the police, an operator was present in the vehicle on the drivers' seat at the time of the crash although the auto was in autonomous mode. Waymo's van is in slightly better shape as it appears the Honda hit the driver's side front fender.
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Police in a Phoenix suburb are investigating a collision involving a self-driving vehicle owned by Waymo.
The video released by Waymo is taken from front-facing camera sensors mounted in the vehicle.
The driver of the Waymo minivan, the only person in the vehicle, "sustained injuries which required hospitalization", according to Tyler. 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.
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 vehicles were towed from the scene on flatbed trucks, the Waymo minivan covered by a tarp. First reports indicate the autonomous vehicle was not at fault in the crash - not the "violator vehicle", according to ABC 15 News.