Google Self-Driving Car Hits Bus in California Crash

February 29, 2016

Alphabet Inc.’s Google self-driving car struck a municipal bus in a minor crash, in what may be the first case of one of its autonomous cars hitting another vehicle.

In a Feb. 23 report filed with California regulators, Google said the Feb. 14 crash took place in Mountain View, Calif., when a self-driving Lexus RX450h sought to get around some sandbags in a wide lane.

The vehicle and the test driver “believed the bus would slow or allow the Google (autonomous vehicle) to continue.”

Google's Driverless CarBut three seconds later, as the Google car reentered the center of the lane it struck the side of the bus, causing damage to the left front fender, front wheel and a driver side sensor. No one was injured.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chris Reese)


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  • March 1, 2016 at 1:33 pm
    Bryan says:
    With a new technology, sometimes that's all it takes for society's current level of distrust to skyrocket.
  • March 1, 2016 at 8:28 am
    Rosenblatt says:
    While it depends on all the facts of loss, I would say yes - my opinion would stay the same in that situation.
  • February 29, 2016 at 10:26 pm
    Fair Playing Field says:
    I wonder whether a non-standard autonomous vehicle product will be developed. And perhaps much later on, a stated-value physical damage program for classic autonomous vehicles... read more
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