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Google Has First Self-Driving Car Crash, Blames Human Error, Obviously

google robocar crash Google Has First Self Driving Car Crash, Blames Human Error, Obviously

Image via Jalopnik, obvi

The gearheads over at Jalopnik got a photo from a tipster of what appears to be one of Google’s self driving Prius in the aftermath of a fender bender with, what else, another Prius (christ Cali, we get it, your’re green).

Time for some of that rampant speculation that Gawker Media does so well. “This is precisely why we’re worried about self-driving cars. Perhaps the complicated set of lasers and imaging systems that Google chief autonomous car researcher Sebastian Thrun called “the perfect driving mechanism” thought it was just looking at its shadow.”

Luckily the journalists at Business Insider went to Google for a comment, posting the following response. “Safety is our top priority. One of our goals is to prevent fender-benders like this one, which occurred while a person was manually driving the car.” Jalopnik is now demanding some black box evidence to prove it was a human who caused the crash. Seems like a legit request and would certainly go a long way towards convincing the public that Google’s robo-cars are safe and it the silly fleshies who are the problem.

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Comments

  1. Grind says:

    It wasn’t actually the “first self-driving car crash”. Google said when it first revealed the program some years ago that there had been one collision, but that the other car was at fault. Again according to Google, its fleet of autonomous cars have driven over 100,000 miles, and we have only two reported incidents, both of which Google has denied were a fault of the autonomous systems in the cars.

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