Google’s Autonomous Vehicle (At Least Partially) Responsible for Accident

In February, one of Google’s self-driving vehicles was involved in an accident with a city bus in Mountain View, California. Unlike the 17 previous accidents involving Google’s self-driving cars, this accident was at least partially the car’s fault. The accident occurred when the self-driving car was in the right lane, about to turn left. The car moved to the right sight of the lane, but had to move back to center to avoid sand bags around a storm drain. The bus, which likely thought that the car would yield, collided with the car. Google anticipates that the accident will help its self-driving cars to learn how to handle situations like this and to understand that buses are less likely to yield than other types of vehicles.

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