A self-driving car operated by start-up Argo AI has been in an accident. The Ford-backed vehicle has reportedly sent two people to the hospital due to the vehicular accident. Initial reports indicate that the crash itself is because of human error.
This info comes courtesy of The Incline:
Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety spokesperson Alicia George said the crash occurred at about 10 a.m. at the intersection of 16th and Progress streets between North Shore and Troy Hill near the northern side of the 16th Street Bridge.
A box truck apparently ran a red light and T-boned a self-driving vehicle with four occupants inside, according to George. Two people from the vehicle were injured and were stable when they were transported to a nearby hospital. The crash site is about a mile from Argo AI’s garage.
Ford, answering on behalf of Argo, said in an email to The Verge, “We’re aware that an Argo AI test vehicle was involved in an accident. We’re gathering all the information. Our initial focus is on making sure that everyone involved is safe.”
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They did not volunteer whether or not the vehicle was in the self-driving mode which would naturally bring up many questions.
As technology gets more and more advanced, certain questions for these vehicles are going to get raised to the companies and the general public. More info on this particular accident isn’t available but don’t be surprised by similar stories as they try to work out the kinks. That means even humans reacting to these self-driving cars as well.