It’s emerged one of Google’s self-driving cars was involved with a crash last month – possibly the first time its autonomous technology was responsible for a collision.
It hit the side of a bus while travelling at about two miles per hour near its Mountain View HQ in California, the bus was doing around 15 mph.
Nobody was hurt.
Google says the vehicle and the test driver “believed the bus would slow or allow the Google (autonomous vehicle) to continue,” but three seconds later it hit the side of the bus causing damage to the front bumper, a wheel and sensor.
Google said in a statement: “we clearly bear some responsibility, because if our car hadn’t moved, there wouldn’t have been a collision. 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.”
Reuters reports that the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will investigate the circumstances of the accident.