Crashes are solid proof that self-driving cars can’t guarantee the safety of drivers and passengers. An autonomous Google car got into an accident against a van on Friday, September 23 on a street in Mountain View. The vehicle was damaged, but no people were injured.
Officials admitted that the autonomous system controlled the car. However, the accident was not caused by Google’s self-driving car. According to reports from the police, the passenger tried to take the wheel to prevent the accident. However, applying the breaks was not enough, and the collision occurred.
This is one of the rare cases when an autonomous Google car is involved in a car crash. Accidents with self-driving vehicles occur because of poor management from humans. The passenger of the Google car which crashed on Mountain View’s streets was noticeably nervous after the accident. Authorities who promptly responded to the call found the person in this condition.
The autonomous Google car was a Lexus sedan, and a van struck it on the passenger’s side. This explains the shock of the person. The accident occurred because the other driver didn’t pay attention to the red light. There are also eyewitnesses who account for these facts.
The purpose of self-driving cars is to assure the improved safety of passengers. However, introducing any autonomous vehicles on the highways and city streets is a whole different story than the trials run by manufacturers. Interacting with real traffic and being exposed to real risks are still two of the main concerns of developers.
Earlier this year, another accident was reported, and it also implied one of Google’s self-driving cars. The model was a Lexus sedan as well, and this time, it was its fault for the crash. The Lexus sedan hit a bus, and also got severe damages.
There are thousands of car accidents happening in the United States on a daily basis, as the officials from Google admitted. They also drew attention to the fact that, based on statistics, people are responsible for more than ninety percent of the car crashes. As officials from the police also concluded, the autonomous Google car can’t be blamed for the accident on Mountain View which occurred on Friday afternoon.
However, recent studies from specialists are concerned about the impact that self-driving cars and other autonomous systems have on people’s lives. One of the observations was that drivers expressed their preference for traditional cars rather than smart robots. Which side are you on in this debate?
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