Google’s prototype self-driving car has been involved in a crash near its Californian base, when it was apparently side swiped by a van which was said to have run a red light.
Various media organisations say major damage was caused in the crash but that nobody was hurt.
The website 9to5google.com says that the human — driving what appears to be a commercial van (as you can see being towed in the background) — was at fault. “I only saw the tail-end of the crash, and the dazed Google employees sitting around afterwards waiting for their tow-truck. I had to be on my way,” a witness told the website. It adds that the witness also mentioned that, based on their perspective, the self-driving car was not at fault. “From what I could see, it was the van’s fault entirely,” they said.
Google provided the website with the following statement. “A Google vehicle was traveling northbound on Phyllis Avenue 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. Our light was green for at least six seconds before our car entered the intersection. Thousands of crashes happen everyday on US roads, and red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes in the US 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.”