Google said that one of its self-driving cars was involved in an accident in Mountain View, California last week. The accident was first reported Friday by 9to5 Google, which characterized the incident as Googleâ€™s â€œworst accident yet.â€
In a statement, Google insisted its driverless car was not at fault. A crash report with the DMV has yet to be posted, so all the details have yet to be confirmed.
According to the Google, the accident occurred when a vehicle heading west on El Camino Real in Mountain View ran a red light and collided with the right side of a Google self-driving vehicle that was traveling northbound on Phyllis Ave. â€œOur light was green for at least six seconds before our car entered the intersection,â€ a spokesperson said.
According to 9to5 Google, the vehicle that ran the red light was a commercial van owned by Interstate Batteries, a private company that calls itself â€œthe No. 1 replacement brand battery in North America.â€ There were no injuries, and all airbags deployed.
It wasnâ€™t the first crash involving a Google self-driving car. The search giant has reported a variety of fender benders in its monthly reports on its autonomous vehicle program. Earlier this year, a Google self-driving Lexus SUV drove into the side of a bus at low speed â€” the first time one of the companyâ€™s vehicles was at fault.
The crash resulted in a more modest tone about the future of self-driving cars from Google. Months later, the robotics expert running the program stepped down, as well as a handful of other engineers. Bloomberg reported Googleâ€™s progress has been â€œslowâ€ as compared to its rivals in the still nascent self-driving car industry.