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Google Self-Driving Car Hits a Bus

The Google self-driving car was involved in its first accident in which it was the car's fault. So, after no less than 1.4 million miles of test driving, the Google car's perfect driving record came to an end.

 Until now, the smart vehicle has been involved in some accidents, but Google claimed that none was caused by the autonomous vehicle.

Well, on February 14, the Google car side-swiped a city bus in Mountain View, California. Luckily, no one was injured in the accident. Google admitted that the accident occurred and that its car had part of the responsibility.

In this case, we clearly bear some responsibility, because if our car hadn’t moved, there wouldn’t have been a collision," Google said. 
That said, our test driver believed the bus was going to slow or stop to allow us to merge into the traffic, and that there would be sufficient space to do that," it went on to add.

Google car side-swiped a city bus in Mountain View
At the time of the accident, the car was in the autonomous mode. However, it also had a human driver on board.

The human driver claimed that he saw the bus in the left side mirror, but he actually believed that it would stop or slow down to allow priority to the Google car. It seems that the Google self-driving car believed the same, as it hit the side of the bus, at 15 mph speed.

According to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, there were 15 passengers and a driver on board of the bus at the time of the accident. While no one suffered injuries, the bus did suffer a minor damage.
An internal VTA investigation is still going on, there are several pieces of information that need to be examined, so no determination of liability has been made," a spokesperson for the authority stated. 

Although the case was not serious at all, it can raise some questions of the safety of the Google car. Self-autonomous cars developed by Google have been on roads for several months and have been involved in nearly a dozen incidents, in or around Mountain View.

There were no injuries associated to these accidents and almost in all cases, it was not Google's car fault. 


Google will most likely have to meet with officials to clarify what went wrong in this case. However, the incident is not believed to impact the project or raise too much scrutiny against the famous company. Furthermore,

Google reacted immediately after the event and claimed that it has made some new changes to its software so that the vehicles will become less likely to believe buses or other vehicles will yield for it.

The report of the accident, for the moment, does not asses fault. However, critics of the self-driving project have already claimed that this collision indicates that the Google Car should not be let on the public streets, as it is not safe. Google will continue to work on the vehicle and it is yet to see how the car will evolve and if Google will be able to prove its vehicle is really safe.

Google Self-Driving Car Hits a Bus Reviewed by John Colston on 5:42 PM Rating: 5
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