What if self-driving, autonomous, or driverless vehicles are involved in a crash?

Waymo can detect when it has been involved in a collision and will notify the Waymo operations center automatically.

Waymo will also determine an appropriate response, including pulling over or coming to a safe stop. Then Waymo’s trained specialists can initiate post-crash procedures, which include interacting with law enforcement and first responders and sending members of Waymo’s team to the location. Waymo’s operations center also has rider support specialists who can communicate directly with passengers through Waymo’s in-vehicle audio system. Learn more about how Waymo tests crash scenarios and uses crash data to constantly improve safety.