Waymo: Autonomous Vehicle involved in non-autonomous accident

One of Waymo's Chrysler Pacifica vans was involved in a collision in Phoenix, AZ on the late hours of Saturday, June 16. 2018. 

According to Yahoo, witnesses reported that the Waymo vehicle, making a left turn at the time, was struck by another vehicle running a red light. It is presumed that Waymo and its driver were not at fault. 

Importantly, the operator of the Waymo car told the local police that the vehicle was not operating in autonomous mode at the time of collision, but was instead in manual mode, driven by them.

The incident brings back memories of a similar incident involving a Waymo Chrysler Pacifica last March. Similarly, a third-party vehicle ran a red light and, in an attempt to avoid collision, swerved into the side of Waymo's car. 

Although there have been discussions about accidents involving autonomous vehicles, spurred by the fatal crash involving an Uber Volvo XC90 last February, this incident should be viewed in the right light: drivers running red lights are a major cause of accidents; law-abiding autonomous vehicles can potentially eliminate such behaviours.  

Andrew Kyprianides