Google self-driving car badly damaged in accident but wasn’t at fault

Google self-driving car badly damaged in accident but wasn’t at fault

0 comments 📅10 December 2016, 22:00

A self-driving Lexus RX 450h mongrel sport utility vehicle owned and operated by Google was tortuous in an accident in Mountain View, California, on Friday afternoon. Nothing was injured, though there was an occupant internal the Lexus at the time of the crash. Initial reports show Google’s autonomous vehicle was not at fault.

The catastrophe happened when another driver in a commercial van ran a red torch and hit the passenger side of the autonomous vehicle. Google confirmed that the agency was piloting itself at the time of the accident. When it became glaring a collision was imminent, the human driver applied the brakes, but it was too lately. The car sustained significant damage in the crash and had to be towed away on a flatbed trailer.

This isn’t the in front time one of Google’s self-driving vehicles was enmeshed with in an accident, but it does appear to be the first interval one of the tech giant’s cars sustained pensive damage. In a statement to 9to5Google.com, Google said, “Thousands of crashes chance everyday on US roads, and red-light running is the unequalled cause of urban crashes in the US. Human boob plays a role in 94% of these crashes, which is why we’re developing fully self-driving technology to induce our roads safer.”

The United States Bailiwick of Transportation earlier this week outlined a set of 15 aegis assessment objectives for autonomous vehicle manufacturers to convene. The DOT said “automated vehicles hold massive potential benefits for safety, mobility and sustainability.”

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