Google self-driving car involved in 1st injury accident

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File photo of a Google self-driving car. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — Google says one of its self-driving cars has been involved in an injury accident for the first time.

The tech giant disclosed Thursday that one of its SUVs was rear-ended in its home city of Mountain View, and the three people on board complained of minor whiplash. All were released from the hospital soon after the July 1 collision.

In California, a person must be behind the wheel of a self-driving car prototype being tested on public roads. There were also two passengers.

According to Google, its SUV was stopped near an intersection when another car hit it at about 17 mph. On-board sensors showed the other car did not brake.

Google has pioneered self-driving technology. It says that in six years of testing, its cars have been hit 14 times.

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2 comments

  • Frank

    Headline leads you to believe that Google’s car was the one that crashed into someone else, but that’s not the case. The driverless car project has clocked up 700,000 miles without a Google Car being at fault for an accident (except for one case, in which the car was being driven manually)

    I post this, because I’m sick of sensationalist headlines, but I’m more sick of people bagging driverless car. In a few years my parents won’t be able to drive anymore. With both my wife and I working full time, it’d be nice to buy them a car that can take them to doctors appointments and such without having to resort to taxis (which are non-existent in my area. Not enough population to make it work). If people keep bagging out tech like this, nobody’s going to have a self driving car to cart people around and stave off illness (both mental and physical)

    /Just my 2c