Driverless Google car crashes into bus

1 March 2016

google-self-driving-car At last! One of Google's driverless cars has been involved in an accident! Mercifully, one of these cars hasn't mowed a bunch of people down, but rather, it has had a prang with a bus. Importantly, Google have been magnanimous about it, and said that they "bear some responsibility" for the first time.

How very gracious of them.

The collision happened a few weeks ago, with a self-driving Lexus SUV. It was going at breakneck speeds of 2mph around some sandbags, and then it crashed into a bus. The bus was travelling at 15mph, if you care.

This is according to a report which was filed with California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The vehicle and the test driver “believed the bus would slow or allow the Google vehicle to continue”, the report said. It didn't.

Thankfully, there were no injuries.

“In this case, we clearly bear some responsibility, because if our car hadn't moved there wouldn't have been a collision,” Google said in a statement to CNBC. “From now on, our cars will more deeply understand that buses (and other large vehicles) are less likely to yield to us than other types of vehicles, and we hope to handle situations like this more gracefully in the future."

Google believe that their cars will be road-ready by 2020, and to be honest, most of the accidents they've had thus far were caused by human error, so maybe they're onto something?

TOPICS:   Technology   Motoring

3 comments

  • Chris
    Insurance company's lawyers must be eagerly anticipating 2020.
  • tin
    Probably drive more safely than people.
  • Father J.
    Sadly someone will have to get killed before these ridiculous things are consigned to history. Let's hope its only a Tory MP or some such.

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