Google to Issue Monthly Reports on Self-Driving Car Accidents

June 8, 2015

Google Inc. said it would give monthly updates of accidents involving its driverless cars.

The report for May showed Google cars had been involved in 12 accidents since the company first began testing its self-driving cars in 2009, mostly involving rear-ending.

Google said one of its vehicles was rear-ended at a stoplight in California on Thursday, bringing the total count to 13 accidents.

“That could mean that the vehicles tend to stop more quickly than human drivers expect,” public interest group Consumer Watchdog said.

A Google spokeswoman said the consumer watchdog conclusion was erroneous because most of the rear-end accidents occurred when the vehicle was stopped.

Consumer Watchdog called for more details on the accidents, including statements from witnesses and other drivers.

None of these accidents were caused by a fault with the car, Google said.

Google’s self-driving-car program director, Chris Urmson, said in May that the cars have been involved in 11 accidents.

The accidents mostly involved Google’s self-driving Lexus RX450h sport utility vehicles.

Google is about to take its pod-like prototype vehicles off the test track and on to Mountain View, California, roads this summer. The company described the two-seater car as “the world’s first fully self-driving vehicle.”

Built in Detroit by auto supplier Roush Industries, the prototypes will be equipped with removable steering wheels, brake pedals and accelerator pedals so test engineers can “take over driving if needed,” Urmson said in May.

(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Don Sebastian and Leslie Adler)

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  • June 11, 2015 at 11:14 am
    Rosenblatt says:
    "Why would someone stand in the path of the car if it didn’t have the sensor to stop it in time?" Because they THOUGHT the vehicle had the Pedestrian Detection Functionality... read more
  • June 9, 2015 at 5:12 pm
    Agent says:
    Sorry you didn't watch Fox & Friends with the video on prominent display. Why would someone stand in the path of the car if it didn't have the sensor to stop it in time? ... read more
  • June 8, 2015 at 4:39 pm
    Rosenblatt says:
    That never happened, Agent. There was a Volvo in the Dominican Republic which hit a pedestrian while trying to self-park. Is that what you're talking about? The car that **DID... read more

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