A Google self-driving car was crashed by a human driver in Mountain View, California, Friday.
Google says the vehicle was driving autonomously at the time of the crash. The car began to break when it noticed the other vehicle, a commercial van, coming towards it. The passenger riding in the drivers’ seat of the Google Lexus RX took control of the vehicle as the crash happened and applied the breaks as well. The van was running a red light at the time of the accident. No one was injured in the crash.
Google released a statement about the collision:
“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 take human error out of the equation, and make our roads safer.”
In other words, driving will remain highly unsafe until all cars on the road are autonomous. The company says that as of now, only one collision with a Google self-driving car was partially the responsibility of the autonomous vehicle.