Google self-driving car hits public bus in silicon valley street
Google, the tech giant is again in news due to its self-driving car. This time Google self-driving car which is being tested hits a public bus on a Silicon Valley street. A fender-bender that appears to be the first time one of the tech company’s vehicles caused a crash during testing. This time Google accepted some responsibility for the accident which occurred with a public bus. On 14 February 2016 a Lexus SUVs which was outfitted with sensors and cameras hit the side of the bus. The accident place was near to the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. According to the accident report of Google no one was injured. The report was posted online Monday.
According to the company report the Google self-driving car intended to turn right off a major boulevard when it detected sandbags around a storm drain at the intersection. The right lane was wide enough to let some cars turn and others go straight, but the Lexus needed to slide to its left within the right lane to get around the obstruction. The self-driving car was going 2 mph when it made the move and its left front struck the right side of the bus, which was going straight at 15 mph.
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority said that there was 15 passengers were in the Bus. None of the passengers or the driver of the bus was injured. According to the head of Google’s self-driving car project, Chris Urmson the car was moving before the bus started to pass. He said:
We saw the bus, we tracked the bus; we thought the bus was going to slow down, we started to pull out, and there was some momentum involved. Google’s car did have some responsibility but it was not black and white.