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Google’s driverless car crashes

Oooooh, the world of road safety is loud with tutting this morning. For this morning, despite the incident occurring 2 weeks ago, we heard that another of Google's autonomous cars had crashed - and this time, it was probably entirely its fault.

The SUV was negotiating some sand bags in its path, meaning it was slightly over onto the other side of the road. The HUMAN BEING inside it (supposedly a safety measure) saw a bus approaching but "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," so didn't take over the controls.

The SUV apparently scraped the side of the bus and we're only hearing about it now because Google didn't exactly put out a press release about it - it was reported to the DMV (America's DVSA) like any other crash.

While everyone's now up in arms telling each other they never thought driverless cars were a good idea, there was very little damage and it's still early days for autonomous vehicles. Let's give them a chance, eh?

After all, this is basically magic happening in front of our very eyes.

“Driverless cars are still in their infancy and we can’t consider them a failure every time there’s a hiccup in testing. That’s the point of testing - to iron out these errors (which still pale in comparison to human error) so they can eventually improve road safety for everyone.”

Richard King
ingenie CEO

Go see what ingenie CEO Richard King had to say about driverless cars last year.


Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .

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