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Waymo van got hit

Discussion in 'Autopilot & Autonomous/FSD' started by Tam, May 5, 2018.

  1. Tam

    Tam Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Visalia, CA
    Chandler, AZ, Friday, 5/4/2018, clear sky, good daylight, clear traffic: Autonomous Waymo Van was hit by a Honda sedan coming from the opposite direction.

    The Honda was swerving to avoid hitting a dark car at the intersection but it then climbed over the median and hit the Waymo.

    Only minor injuries.

    If you were driving manually, what's your chance of being able to perform some kind of maneuvers to avoid being hit by the Honda? Such as instant accelerating or slowing down?

    What's the chance of avoiding being hit like this in future for Waymo? Could its LIDAR pick up the Honda's speed and trajectory and could the software be written to deal with this kind of scenario soon?

  2. Tiger

    Tiger Active Member

    Oct 31, 2016
    Didn't see that coming. If you were lucky and attentive, you could have done some maneuvers:

  3. JeffK

    JeffK Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    Driving manually I wouldn't have been able to avoid this... It was unpredictable that the car would come toward the vehicle. I thought for sure it was going to hit the dark vehicle.

    If driving manually I would have gotten out of the car and beat the driver of the vehicle senseless for running the red light at high speed in the first place.

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