The Waymo car development company and subsidiary of Google’s parent company vehicle hit a Honda sedan swerved to avoid another car and drove into the opposing traffic lane.
Police in Chandler, Arizona, said the Waymo car was in autonomous mode, although there was an occupant in the driver’s seat.
Police released video of the moments leading up to the crash recorded by the SUV’s cameras. The operator behind the wheel is 44-year-old Rafaela Vasquez looking down, possibly at a mobile device.
In the very last frames of the released video, the last fraction of a second, it looks like Vasquez saw the pedestrian, Elaine Herzberg
Here is the video published by Waymo about the accident:
Questions raised regarding whether a human driver would have been able to move out of the Honda’s way.
Waymo said their team’s mission is to make our roads safer.
Also, It is at the core of everything they do and motivates every member of their team.
Apparently, They are concerned about the well-being and safety of their test driver and wish her a full recovery.
A spokesperson for Chandler Police said that the department did not regard the autonomous vehicle to be at fault for the collision, and neither Waymo nor the car’s driver would quote.
Even more, The safety of self-driving vehicles was catapulted into the limelight in March when a self-driving Uber vehicle hit and killed a woman as she was crossing a street.
In late March, Gov. Doug Ducey suspended Uber’s ability to test and operate autonomous vehicles on Arizona’s roadways. Moreover, He specifically cited the fatal crash in explaining his decision.
After reviewing video of the incident released from the Tempe Police Department recently, Ducey described the images he saw as, “disturbing and alarming,” saying the video, “raises many questions about the ability of Uber to continue testing in Arizona.”
Here are some Twitter reactions to the incident:
People don't always pay sufficient attention when driving conventional cars. With an autonomous or semi-autonomous this will be a lot less. Add to this the possibility of malfunction or hacking. Not a clever idea.
— Ja Ne Nicholas (@islandjenx) May 5, 2018
I’m shocked didn’t see that coming 🤔
— Harry Monk (@Mick62) May 5, 2018
"involved" – this could mean anything but people will assume the Google car caused the crash. Seeing as they didn't put that in the headline then I guess the other driver caused the crash
— John Cassell (@johncassell) May 5, 2018
Eventually, Waymo’s self-driving cars, still operating under Google, first hit the streets of Chandler in 2016.