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California reveals self driving car accident details

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Californian officials have released reports detailing six accidents involving prototypes of self-driving cars.

That’s a change from a previous policy that shielded details of how the technology performs on public roads.

The Associated Press agency reports that the disclosures come after it successfully argued that the information was being improperly withheld.

According to the reports, most of the cars were in self-driving mode when the accidents happened, and the other driver caused the accident. None of the crashes was serious enough to injure the person the state requires to sit behind the wheel, and the reports say none of the people in the other cars needed to be treated for injuries either.

“Unlocking these records and sharing them with the public are in keeping with AP’s longstanding efforts nationwide to bring about greater transparency in government agencies,” AP spokesman Paul Colford said.

After AP reported last month that there had been three Google accidents and one Delphi accident, Google self-driving car project leader Dr Chris Urmson revealed in a blog post that its cars had been involved in eight other accidents between 2010 and July 2014.

This summer, Google plans to begin testing the latest version of its self-driving car — a stout, two-seat vehicle it commissioned — on the streets of its headquarters city, Mountain View.

 
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