Footage of a Google self-driving car hitting a bus has been released by the Associated Press. The incident was originally reported a week ago, where news sites noted that this was the first time that a Google vehicle was responsible for an accident.
The video itself doesn’t show the moment of impact as the Google powered vehicle attempted to navigate around some sandbags blocking its route. However, it does show the bus driver reacting to the collision; and that he was in the middle of eating a sandwich when it happened.
Google noted that it had to accept some responsibility for the accident, and is in the process of making adjustments to its system to avoid it happening again. That being said, the car only moved because it assumed that the bus would slow down like any reasonable driver would.
Google’s autonomous cars have logged between 10,000 and 15,000 miles per week, and have thus far done very well to avoid any major accidents. Most incidents have been fender benders from humans gawking at the sight of a driverless car.
[Source: Associated Press (Youtube)]