One of Google's self-driving cars was involved in a collision Friday after a driver ran a red light, slamming into the autonomous vehicle as it passed through a busy intersection in Mountain View.
Police confirmed that the accident happened around 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the intersection of Phyllis Avenue and El Camino Real. Nobody was hurt in the accident, police said.
A statement released by Google said that the company's self-driving car was heading northbound on Phyllis Avenue and entered the intersection at El Camino Real, where it was struck from the right side by a vehicle traveling westbound. The light had been green for six seconds prior to the Google car entering the intersection, according to the statement.
Police could not able to provide a description of the vehicle that had collided with the autonomous vehicle.
Google's self-driving cars have been involved in more than a dozen accidents, and all but one appears to be the fault of human error rather than flaws in the autonomous vehicle technology. In February, one of Google's self-driving cars appeared to be responsible for a crash when it was side-swiped by a bus trying to merge into a traffic lane.
Google's monthly report on the self-driving car project for August showed that the last accident in Mountain View was on Aug. 8. The company's vehicle was stopped on eastbound California Street waiting for pedestrians to cross at Rengstorff Avenue when another vehicle approached from behind and rear-ended the self-driving car at about 4 miles per hour, according to the report.
Google's fleet of 58 self-driving cars traveled a total of just under 2 million miles in "autonomous mode" as of last month, according to the report.