Google self- driving car crashes into bus

Google self- driving car crashes into bus

Google’s self-driving cars have been driving on the road since 2009. However, these cars have been in 17 crashes, and this was the first time the Google car was the cause.

On Feb. 14, a Google Lexus self-driving car was about to drive around some sandbags on the road in Mountain View, California.

Both the car and test-driver assumed that the bus in the next lane would slow down to let them pass. The bus driver thought that the car would stay put until the bus passed. Both driver and car assumed incorrectly, and the vehicles collided.

It was a minor crash, and there were no injuries. According to, the Lexus hit the side of the bus at 2 mph, while the bus was going 15 mph. The car’s front fender, wheel and sensor were damaged in the process.

After the crash, people were afraid that the Google software could make the same mistake again and incorrectly predict a human driver’s actions. But in a statement, Google said that it made changes to its software to “try to avoid future accidents like this.”

According to, self-driving cars were not actually a new invention. The steering wheels and pedals were just removed, and sensors were added to detect objects in all directions.

There were also electric batteries to power the vehicle instead of gas, and a rounded shape for the windshield to see more of the road.

In a blog, Chris Urmson, the head of Google’s self-driving car program, said that in most crashes, the car was not at fault, and it was just humans at fault.

Urmson said, “The clear theme is human error and inattention. We’ll take all this as a signal that we’re starting to compare favorably with human drivers.”