Google admits some responsibility as its car hits bus
It may be the first accident where the owner of an autonomous vehicle admitted responsibility for an accident. When Googleês self-driving Lexus RX450h hit a municipal bus at 2 mph hour in Mountain View, CA, recently, Google said, we clearly bear some responsibility, because if our car hadnêt moved, there wouldnêt have been a collision. That said, our test driver believed the bus was going to slow or stop to allow us to merge into the traffic, and that there would be sufficient space to do that.
The bus had minor damage, and no one was injured. Although the incident received a lot of press, an article in the Atlantic pointed out that the first real test of autonomous vehicles would come when a fatal crash occurred as it inevitably will.Download Bulletin PDF