TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- A driverless Waymo van was involved in a crash in Tempe late Thursday night.
According to Detective Natalie Barela with Tempe police, the crash happened at about 11:30 p.m. near Rural and Warner roads. Barela said the driver of the Waymo van was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and the passenger was not injured.
Barela said the people in the other vehicle involved were not injured. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
The Waymo vehicle was in "manual mode" at the time of the crash.
Waymo released the following statement regarding the accident:
"“One of Waymo’s self-driving vehicles was involved in an incident in Tempe late on the evening of January 30 when another vehicle erratically swerved in front of our vehicle, braking aggressively and abruptly slowing down to 1 mph on a 45 mph road. The Waymo vehicle was operating in manual mode at the time, and while our trained vehicle operator attempted to avoid a collision, our vehicle rear ended the other car as a result of the reckless driving of the other individual. The Waymo vehicle operator reported neck pain and was taken to Banner Desert hospital in Mesa; we’re thankful she has since been released with minor injuries. Incidents such as this one reinforce the importance of Waymo’s mission: to make it safe for people to get where they’re going and to help save the thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes caused by humans.”
Tempe police have not released any information regarding the cause of the crash or who is at fault.