Google's Autonomous Car Involved In Another Crash — Automaton Not At Fault?

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A self-driving Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV which is part of Google's self driving fleet of cars was involved in an accident in the software giant's home city of Mountain View, California.

However, Google's autonomous Lexus SUV was not at fault as another driver in a commercial van ran a red light and crashed into it.

The Lexus was in autonomous mode when it was crossing the intersection. However, when the driver noticed the oncoming van, he slammed on the brakes, but it was too late as the light jumping van driver had already crashed into the right side of the Lexus.

The autonomous Lexus was seriously damaged and all the airbags had deployed after the smashup. The car could not be driven away from the site and the dazed Google employees had to wait for a flat-bed truck to tow away the autonomous vehicle.

In a statement to 9to5Google.com, Google said, "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." 

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