A commercial van has crashed into a Google self-driving car after the van ran a red light.
This isn’t the first time a Google autonomous car has been involved in an incident, however this this definitely the most serious accident yet; thankfully no one was injured. A statement from Google claimed;
“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 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.”
Many have worried that in the future, completely autonomous cars will take over and the potential arises that these vehicles will make immoral judgements based on data; this has fueled recent talks concerning AI development and will further define autonomous vehicles on the road.