Recently one of Google’s driverless vehicles caused a minor bus accident. According to reports, the self-guided car collided with a bus on a Mountain View, California road. The accident happened when the car came to an intersection and positioned itself to make a right turn. However, sand bags were blocking the turn so the Google vehicle waited to allow other vehicles to pass. Although the Google car saw the bus approaching, reports indicate that the car “predicted” that it would stop. Google representatives note that the accident with the Autonomous Vehicle (AV) is similar to what occurs when any driver is involved in an accident, “This is a classic example of the negotiation that's a normal part of driving — we're all trying to predict each other's movements. In this case, we clearly bear some responsibility, because if our car hadn't moved there wouldn't have been a collision," Google commented.
Google has stated that it will review this incident and refine its software to anticipated that buses and other larger vehicles are less likely to yield to Google cars.
Google vehicles have been involved in 17 minor accidents since their introduction. This is the first time that the car caused the crash.
Google car accidents raise the same issues as traditional car crashes. This includes the importance of conducting an investigation into all of the factors that may have led to an accident, including roadway conditions, speed and potential mechanical defects.For more information or if you or a loved one has been involved in any type of roadway accident, contact the experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP