Humans caused 11 minor accidents with Google’s self-driving cars
MANILA, Philippines – Google’s 20 self-driving cars have been in 11 minor accidents after a combined 1.7 million miles of test driving.
Despite this, the accidents – and potential accidents – were caused by humans at the wheel.
In a May 11 article on BackChannel, Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving car program, described how the tests were proceeding. The 20 cars now cover 10,000 miles a week autonomously, or about as much as the average human driver covers in a year.
The self-driving vehicles got into most of their accidents on city streets, with inattentive drivers being the cause, whether it was someone on their phone or, in one case, playing with a trumpet.
Intersections also played a part in some scary proceedings, with Google saying that some cars attempted to cut across the the lanes in an attempt to make their turn.
The potential for human error, or human self-interest, to trump driver safety, strengthened the fervor for further testing to alleviate or someday remedy the unruly riders of the road. – Rappler.com