CHANDLER, AZ - A self-driving vehicle operated by Waymo was struck and badly damaged Friday when a driver ran a red light in Chandler and collided with the van.
Air15 video showed significant damage to the self-driving van, as well as a silver sedan, after the collision near Chandler Village Drive and Chandler Boulevard.
According to police, a Honda sedan traveling eastbound on Chandler Boulevard had to swerve to avoid striking a vehicle traveling northbound on Los Feliz Drive. As the Honda swerved, it continued eastbound into the westbound lanes of Chandler Boulevard and hit the Waymo van.
On Saturday, Chandler police released more information regarding the crash saying that the Honda entered the intersection during a red light.
“Today while testing our self-driving vehicle in Chandler, Arizona, another car traveling in an oncoming lane swerved across the median and struck our minivan. Our team’s mission is to make our roads safer – it is at the core of everything we do and motivates every member of our team. We are concerned about the well-being and safety of our test driver and wish her a full recovery.”
Waymo, Google's self-driving car spinoff, was founded in 2009.