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Google Admits 11 Minor Accidents With Its Self-Driving Cars

by onJune 3, 2015
 

Google admitted that its California-based Self-Driving cars has been involved in 11 minor traffic accidents since they began on the road, experimenting with the technology over the past six years. But Google has said that the incidents were not the faults of the technology.

The tech giant Google also claimed, the 11 incidents that had happened due to the experiment of self-driving cars while out on the roads of the US, were quite minor, with “light damage” and had no injuries. The director of Google’s self-driving car projects wrote in a blog post that the incident had happened over 1.5 miles of testing including 1 million miles in a self-driving mode

Wrote Google’s Chris Urmson

Not Once Was The Self-Driving Car The Cause Of The Accident

He Also Wrote: If you spend enough time on the road, accidents will happen whether you’re in a car or a self-driving car.

The disclosure appeared following a report by The Associated Press that had claimed four driverless cars were operating in the Golden State were involved in the accident since September, prompting the tech giant Google to clarify on Monday.

On the other hand, the five companies that are also testing self-driving cars told to The Associated Press that they had no accident. However, 48 are already licensed for testing on state roads. Likewise, Audi – another great self-driving technology – has recently completed a 550 miles road trip to CES with computers behind the controls.

The first priority so far is not to avoid fender benders, but to teach them to avoid causing a severe accident that could set back acceptance of the technology for years, said Raj Rajkumar, a pioneer of the technology with Carnegie Mellon University.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, The national rate for reported “property-damage-only crashes” is about 0.3 per 100,000 miles driven.

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