In the future, self-driving cars will make highways and roads safer for everyone. But if Google’s latest report on self-driving car accidents is any indicator, we have a long way to go before our robot overlords will save us.
Google’s report reveals that one of its autonomous vehicles got into an accident that was so bad, the operator went to a local hospital to for a medical check.
There were no injuries reported at the scene. Google says the crash that occurred in Mountain View, California was caused by a non-autonomous car that ran a red light.
“The Google AV sustained substantial damage to its front and rear passenger doors. The other vehicle sustained significant damage to its front end. There were no injuries reported at the scene by either party. However, the Google AV test driver later voluntarily went to a local hospital where he was evaluated by medical sta× and released.”
Google’s self-driving technology was able to detect that the on-coming car was about to run the red light. The system automatically activated the car’s brakes in anticipation. Then the Google driver behind the wheel disengaged autonomous mode and took full manual control of the vehicle before the crash.
You can see the damage Google’s car took in the tweet below:
— Ron van Zuylen (@grommet) September 25, 2016