Google Says Self-Driving Cars Blameless in 11 Accidents in 6 Years, 1.7M Miles

By Brian Womack | May 11, 2015

  • May 12, 2015 at 10:52 am
    Yogi Polar Berra says:
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    1.7 miles? I swim that far in a day, easily. Oh, 1.7 million miles – per the text of the article. Over 6 years implies about 300k miles per year. Twenty cars, perhaps? Or, did it start out with 5 cars and grow to 30, 40 or more recently?

    I would like to know how many driverless cars were involved, not only the miles. And, where they drive; i.e. highways, city streets, suburbs.

    It would lend some credibility to Googles’ claim if an independent party made the assessment of ‘fault’ in each accident.

    Not enough data, not enough time elapsed, and not an independent opinion.

    • May 12, 2015 at 4:52 pm
      Agent says:
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      I did a double take too Yogi on the title of this article. Of course, the pro driverless car crowd will be much like the legalization of Marijuana crowd. They see no problem.

  • May 12, 2015 at 12:35 pm
    steve says:
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    as I have said before, those of us that use computers all the time don’t even notice the number of “glitches” that occur daily with normal use. project those into a life and death situation where you are traveling in heavy, multi lane, fast traffic. I don’t feel comfortable with that glitch hitting me in my speeding car as often as I see it occur on my computer doing daily chores. it isn’t acceptable.

    • May 12, 2015 at 1:04 pm
      SWFL Agent says:
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      And I don’t feel comfortable with the other drivers on the road either. I may be willing to take my chance against a computer versus the poor drivers I encounter today. It will be interesting to see how far the technology can take us.

    • May 12, 2015 at 2:26 pm
      jared says:
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      I think those glitches will be less in number than human errors that cause car accidents.

  • May 12, 2015 at 1:27 pm
    Jack Kanauph says:
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    And what about Road Rage? Who will George Zimmerman shoot or get shot by in a computer road rage incident?
    It would be interesting to see how these computer cars merge, like in L.A. or when an accident blocks a lane of a busy highway. Will it be better and more organized? Will the computers “talk” with each other and let cars in? There is a lot for us to learn.

  • May 12, 2015 at 6:42 pm
    Joe says:
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    The title of article a bit misleading. 1.7 miles in the title, 1.7 million in the article. . . Bit of a difference.

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