Google’s self-driving car met with an accident on Friday when a van skipped a red light and rammed into the car in Mountain View, California. According to 9to5 Google, there was no human injuries but Google’s Lexus sustained major damage. While Google’s autonomous cars have met with accidents in the past, this is said to have caused the worst vehicle damage. The website put out a picture of the Lexus, after the accident, which shows the impact of the crash. The car had to be towed away post crash.
The site quoted witnesses from the crash site who said self-driving car wasn’t 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,” another witness told 9to5 Google.
Google issued a statement to the website, saying a car ran a red light and collided on the right side of the company’s autonomous car. Google’s full statement read, “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. 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.”
Google’s self-driving cars have gotten into minor accidents in the past as well. A self-driving car being tested by Google struck a public bus on a Silicon Valley street in February. It was a minor accident that occurred during testing. Google accepted at least some responsibility for the collision when one of the Lexus SUVs it has outfitted with sensors and cameras hit the side of a bus near the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.