An autonomous vehicle made by Google was involved in a crash on Friday, September 23. The tech giant Google confirmed that the car sustained significant damage in a traffic accident involving a commercial van, a collision which took place at the corner of W El Camino Real and Calderon Ave in Mountain View, California. The accident was actually caused by the driver of the van who ran a red light and struck the passenger side of Google’s Lexus RX 450 SUV.
Google’s self-driving car was operating in its autonomous mode at the time of the crash, although the human driver hit the breaks when he spotted the oncoming van, it was already too late. No one sustained any injuries during the incident. Google, in a statement issued to 9to5Google, revealed that the traffic light was green for at least six seconds before the vehicle entered the intersection. The company then went on to add that;
thousands of crashes happen everyday on U.S. roads, and red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes in the U.S. 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.
Earlier this year, a Google-branded self-driving car was involved in its first accident which was entirely its fault, the car hit a public transit bus while attempting to navigate around a sandbag in the middle of the road. Although Google accepts some responsibility for this, it still maintains that the accident resulted from the actions of humans and not its technology and has promised to refine its self-driving algorithm.
“From now on, our cars will more deeply understand that buses (and other large vehicles) are less likely to yield to us than other types of vehicles, and we hope to handle situations like this more gracefully in the future” the company said.
Google is an American multinational technology company founded on the 4th of September 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D students at Stanford University. The company specializes in Internet-related services and products such as online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software. Most of the company’s profits are derived from AdWords, an online advertising service that places advertising near the list of search results. Google’s headquarters is in Mountain View, California, the “Googleplex”. Google self-driving car is any in a range of autonomous cars, developed by Google X as part of its project to develop technology for mainly electric cars. The software installed in Google’s cars is named Google Chauffeur. Lettering on the side of each car identifies it as a “self-driving car”.