Self-driving vehicles

An Argo AI self-driving car was involved in a Pittsburgh crash that sent 2 people to the hospital

Police said a box truck ran a red light and hit the vehicle.

Argo AI crash
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Updated at 7 p.m. 

A self-driving vehicle in Pittsburgh was involved in a crash today that left two people hospitalized, officials confirmed.

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 have since been evaluated at and released from a local hospital. The crash site is about a mile from Argo AI’s garage.

In a statement from Argo AI to The Incline the company said, “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.”

The driver of the box truck will be cited for running a red light, authorities say. The driver’s identity has yet to be released.

With Pittsburgh emerging as a proving ground for self-driving cars and companies looking to break into that space, crashes involving self-driving cars have happened here before.

In September, police responded to Hot Metal and Sidney streets for a two-vehicle collision between a black Nissan Sentra and a self-driving Uber Volvo XC90, per former public safety spokesperson Sonya Toler. Toler said the Nissan Sentra was westbound on Sidney, and the autonomous Volvo was southbound on Hot Metal, nearing the intersection, when the crash happened.

Two Uber employees were in the self-driving car, which was not in autonomous mode, Toler said, adding both vehicles were towed from the scene. No injuries were reported.

And while there have been other incidents elsewhere around the country, the companies behind the technology and autonomous vehicle testing being done in public spaces continue to insist on their safety record. There are no regulations in Pennsylvania that require fender benders and other minor collisions to be reported when first responders aren’t called.