Google Driver-less Cars: Safety Issues


Google has revealed that its self-driving cars have been involved in 11 accidents. However, all were minor accidents according to the director of the self-driving program, Chris Urmson. This revelation was as a result of pressure mounted on Google by the media.

As a result, an Associated Press report was made by Google that its vehicles were involved in three collisions since September, when reporting all accidents involving driver-less cars became mandatory.

The company released data and a long explanation about the success of the cars, in response to a report from the Associated Press that the cars had been involved in three collisions since September. It said that the cars had been involved in

11 minor accidents (light damage, no injuries) during 1.7 million miles of autonomous and manual driving with our safety drivers behind the wheel.

According to Urmson, most of the crashes had been people driving into the back of the cars,

While other crashes are mainly due to human driving into them. He further explained that one of the accident caused by Google occurred when an engineer was driving the vehicle manually and ran into another vehicle from behind.

Ten of the accidents were as a result of other cars running into the Google cars. Seven of the accidents from the rear, two were side-swipes, and another caused by someone rolling through a stop sign, he said.

According to Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, a Self-driving cars

don’t overdrive their capability and can’t get distracted, so it’s nearly impossible for them to cause an accident.

Earlier this month, Consumer Watch demanded that Google release full details of an accident involving one of its self-driving cars, and demanded that it commits to releasing all future accident reports to the public.

In a video published on May 11, 2015, Consumer Watchdog on held a press event on problems with self-driving cars.

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Those problems, according to the group, include bad weather interfering with the vehicles’ sensors; the vehicles’ inability to recognize hand signals; and an inability to recognize road conditions such as large potholes, open manholes or newly installed traffic lights.

Company spokesperson Katelin Jabbari reportedly told Technewsworld that the heat on Google is due to the fact that it has not being more forthcoming with details, but

like every other company testing autonomous vehicles on California roads Google shares information on accidents with the DMV as required by regulations.


Roger Lanctot, associate director, global automotive practice, at Strategy Analytics. reportedly told Technewsworld that

Google has an opportunity to set an overall industry standard of behavior for data sharing. Just as Android is open, the Google car ought to be open, otherwise we will not know to what extent we are making, or have made, any progress.

In 2010, Google first announced that it was working on a driver-less car. It’s co-founder Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin says Google does not mean to start a car company, but wants to make available its technology to automakers.


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