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Operator of self-driving Google car sent to the hospital after accident

In case you needed a reminder as to why an autonomous future is necessary and important, look no further than this report filed by Google.

The search giant on Thursday released a report revealing one its self-driving cars was involved in an accident that sent the operator to the hospital.

After a brief investigation, it was discovered the driver of a commercial van was found to be at fault after running a red light and t-boning Google’s self-driving car. According to Google, the autonomous vehicle noticed the van barreling toward it and slammed on the brakes, but not in time to avoid a collision.

It’s unclear what caused the van to run the red light but it’s not far-fetched to think the driver may have been distracted. Whatever the cause, it underlines why autonomous technology could be a positive change for our roadways.

Of course, autonomous technology isn’t without its faults. Earlier this year, one of Google’s self-driving cars caused an accident by changing lanes into a bus. That accident resulted in no major injuries.

Meanwhile, a driver using Tesla’s prototype self-driving software was killed after he and the technology failed to avoid a truck that had turned into his path.

Self-driving technology still needs a lot of work before it makes a significant impact on our daily lives. Until that happens, it’s clear that human drivers are susceptible to mistakes, which is why working toward an autonomous future is so important.

Article source: http://www.technobuffalo.com/2016/10/07/operator-of-self-driving-google-car-sent-to-the-hospital-after-accident/