One of Waymo’s self-driving test vans was struck by an oncoming vehicle that had swerved to avoid hitting a third car, USA Today reports.The crash, which occurred on Friday in Chandler, Ariz., involved one of the Chrysler minivans Waymo outfitted with its self-driving technology.
Police reported on Friday that the van was in autonomous mode. But Waymo said on Saturday that the vehicle was being driven manually at the time.
Both vehicles sustained significant damage and had to be towed away, the newspaper says. The Waymo driver sustained minor injuries, according to the report. It isn’t clear whether the other driver was hurt.
Will self-driving, or autonomous, vehicles mark the end of steering wheels?
When you think of complex, highly technical devices that you use every day in your car—in fact, possibly as much as three to 10 times per minute—you probably don’t think of your rearview mirror.
Mazda, the Little Car Company That Can, has been working on a number of important fronts of late.