Google Self-Driving Car Involved in Serious Accident

By Paul Riegler on 25 September 2016
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Traffic stopped at a red light in New York City.

A Google-operated self-driving Lexus SUV was struck by a commercial van at an intersection in Mountain View, California.   The truck failed to stop at the red light and ran into the Lexus causing significant damage but no injuries were reported.

“A Google vehicle was traveling northbound on Phyllis Ave. in Mountain View when a car heading westbound on El Camino Real ran a red light and collided with the right side of our vehicle,” the search company said in a statement. “Our light was green for at least six seconds before our car entered the intersection.”

The accident highlights the fact that autonomous cars are not immune to errors by drivers sharing the road with them.

“Thousands of crashes happen everyday on U.S. roads, and red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes in the U.S.,” said Google. “Human error plays a role in 94% of these crashes, which is why we’re developing fully self-driving technology to make our roads safer.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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