Sep 26, 2016 @ 18:39 |
Google self-driving car was involved in serious accident with man operated commercial van.
Last week, A Google self-driving car was involved in serious accident with man operated commercial van in Mountain View, California. Self-driving car was hit from the side by a van running a red light. While no injuries were reported, those present have deemed it was the worst crash involving an autonomous car yet. As you can see in the image above, the entire right door on the Google self-driving car is crumpled in along with a broken window or two. This isn’t the first crash involving a self-driving vehicle. Earlier this year, Tesla semi-autonomous car was involved in crash.
Google’s self-driving cars are no stranger to accidents, but rarely are the autonomous cars at fault and rarely do those accidents cause any significant damage. In the past few years, more than two dozen crashes happened involving Google cars, only one occurred because of a system error, Google officials have said, and many involved a distracted driver rear-ending one of the Google vehicles.
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In last week crash, the Google car waited six seconds after the light had turned green before proceeding into the intersection. Despite the damage the van inflicted on the car’s passenger side door, neither of the two Google employees in the car sustained serious injuries.
This crash shows that two types of vehicles, autonomous and man operated are not ready to coexist yet. The whole infrastructure of road transportation should be changed for autonomous cars like lane marking, crossing lights etc.