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6/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO — Google co-founder Sergey Brin on Wednesday defended his company's policy of not releasing accident reports for its self-driving cars, saying the Internet giant is trying to protect the privacy of the human drivers who caused the collisions. Even if the names were redacted from the records, Brin said, the reports would...
News Story
6/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google talks about a wide range of topics during its annual meeting with shareholders, including self-driving cars and diversity issues. CEO Larry Page even takes a turn as a film critic. It's been a long time since Google was just a search company. The tech giant now has its hand in a little bit of everything, including self-driving cars,...
News Story
6/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Biodiversity. Workplace diversity. Religion. Wind turbines. Self-driving car crashes. Science fiction. Political lobbying. And yes, even the Internet. Wednesday morning was Google’s annual shareholder meeting, which is also a perennial opportunity for activists and vocal shareholders to pick the brains of some of the most powerful people in...
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6/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Company Says Autonomous Car Was Rear-Ended Last Week Google acknowledged Wednesday that another one of its self-driving cars was involved in a traffic accident last week. It wasn't immediately clear where and when the accident took place, but company co-founder Sergey Brin said the vehicle was stopped at a traffic light and rear-ended by...
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6/3/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google co-founder Sergey Brin reveals that one its self-driving cars was rear-ended in the past week, taking the total number of accidents to 12   Google has increased the number of accidents its self-driving cars have been involved in, as its co-founder defended the hi-tech programme. Sergey Brin told shareholders on Wednesday that one of...
News Story
5/17/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The riskiest thing about self-driving vehicles may turn out to be the human drivers of other vehicles. Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars undergoing tests on California roads since September, when the state began issuing permits to auto companies, have been involved in crashes. But the cars, three owned by Google and one by Delphi, were in...
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5/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The company has not yet applied for the permit the cars will need, however Google says its fully autonomous pod-shaped cars are ready to roll but the company has not yet applied for the permit it will need to hit the road in California. Google has been testing Lexus SUVs retrofitted with its self-driving software and hardware for quite some time...
News Story
5/14/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Media pressure this week led Google to reveal that its self-driving cars, which are being tested on select city streets in California, have been involved in 11 accidents. All were minor accidents that occurred over the past six years, according to Chris Urmson, director of the self-driving car program. The disclosure followed an Associated Press...
News Story
5/12/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Google's revelation about the (seemingly admirable) safety record of its self-driving cars may not actually further the cause of driverless vehicles in California. In a blog post Monday, Chris Urmson, the director of Google's self-driving-car program, said that the 20-plus autonomous cars in his fleet had been involved in 11...
News Story
5/12/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
The riskiest thing about self-driving vehicles may turn out to be human drivers. Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars undergoing tests on California roads since September, when the state began issuing permits to auto companies, have crashed. But the cars, three owned by Google and one by Delphi, were in collisions caused by human error. Driver...