Can we all just stop rear ending Google’s self-driving auto.
Meanwhile, Google’s self-driving auto was involved its first injury accident in July, in which three people in the auto had minor whiplash, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
The three Google employees riding in the vehicle at the time complained of minor whiplash and were checked into a hospital, but were soon cleared and allowed to go back to work.
This accident marks the fourteenth time in Google’s history of self-driving cars since 2009 that they’ve been involved in a collision. There were also two passengers.
Of course, there are much more sensors on the vehicle that see the world in much greater detail, but this wireframe recreation gets the gist across – the other driver was probably distracted. It believes that technology that allows a vehicle to drive itself while monitoring multiple elements on the roads will be safer and more efficient than human drivers.
It was the 14th accident in six years and nearly 2 million miles of testing. “The other vehicle wasn’t so lucky; its entire front bumper fell off”.
In California, a person must be behind the wheel of a self-driving vehicle prototype being tested on public roads. None of the accidents has been the system’s fault, Google says, and majority were rear-enders like this one.
The first auto stopped at the intersection because traffic on the far side was not moving. The Google SUV’s bumper was slightly damaged. “We’ll take all this as a signal that we’re starting to compare favourably with human drivers”.
However, the monthly reports won’t provide information on the human drivers required to ride along in the cars.
Above: This 2014 photo provided by Google shows a self-driving Lexus SUV navigating along a street in Mountain View.
In the collision, a Lexus sports utility vehicle equipped with sensors and cameras was rear-ended at an intersection in the city of Mountain View, California.
In a telephone interview, Urmson said his team was exploring whether its cars could do something to alert distracted drivers before a collision. Honking the horn would be one possibility, but Mr Urmson said he anxious that could annoy residents of Mountain View.