Google’s Self Driving Cars have been involved in a number of accidents, although up until now these have been the fault of the other driver and not the autonomous vehicle.
According to a recent report by the AFP, a self driving car which was being tested by Google has hit a bus in Silicon Valley, this is apparently the first time that one of Google’s cars has actually caused an accident.
Google submitted a report to the California Department of Motor Vehicles regarding the incident, there was driver at the wheel, as required by law but he was not driving the vehicle when the incident happened.
Chris Urmson, the head of Google’s self-driving car project, said in a brief interview that he believes the Lexus was moving before the bus started to pass.
“We saw the bus, we tracked the bus, we thought the bus was going to slow down, we started to pull out, there was some momentum involved,” Urmson told The Associated Press.
He acknowledged that Google’s car did have some responsibility but said it was “not black and white.”
Previous accidents involving Google’s self driving cars have all been when the driver behind the wheel was controlling the vehicle, this is the first incident when the autonomous car and software were driving.