A self-driving car being tested by Google hit a public bus on a city street, an accident that appears to be the first time one of the tech company’s vehicles ca used an accident.
The collision happened on Valentine’s Day and Google reported it to California’s Department of Motor Vehicles in an accident report that the agency posted Monday.
The car was moving at 2 mph while the bus was at 15 mph. No one was injured.
The report does not address fault, but Google wrote that its car was trying maneuver around some sand bags when its left front struck the right side of the bus.
The car’s test driver, who by law is obligated to be in the front seat to control the wheel when needed, thought the bus would yield and did not have control when the collision happened, according to Google’s report.
If it’s determined the Google vehicle was at fault it would be the first time one of its SUVS caused an accident while in autonomous mode.
Google has been testing two dozen Lexus SUVs outfitted with sensors and cameras near the tech firm’s Silicon Valley headquarters.
Google cars have been involved in more than a dozen collisions.
In most cases, Google’s cars were rear-ended. No one has been seriously injured.
Source: DailyMail Online