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News Story
3/3/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Reports and a former U.S. road-safety czar have joined a coalition demanding public oversight of self-driving cars after Google’s recent at-fault crash. On Valentine’s Day in Mountain View, a Google robot Lexus SUV sideswiped a bus. For the first time, a Google driverless car had responsibility for a crash...
News Story
3/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google is blaming a “tricky set of circumstances” for what’s believed to be the first accident caused by one of its self-driving cars. The accident took place on February 14 and involved a self-driving Lexus and a public transit bus in Mountain View, Calif. According to Google, the self-driving Lexus was preparing to make a right...
News Release
2/29/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A Valentine’s Day crash in which a self-driving Google robot car sideswiped a bus demonstrates the need for a police investigation and the release of technical data and video associated with the crash, Consumer Watchdog said today. Google’s account of the crash was posted on the California Department of Motor...
News Story
2/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Google on Monday said that its self-driving car bore some of the blame in a recent fender-bender after making the kind of assumption a human might have made. A Lexus car converted into an autonomous vehicle by the Internet company had a low-speed collision with a transit bus on February 14 in what marked the first time that Google laid some of the...
News Story
2/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
When it comes to hair-raising traffic duels, most California motorists know better than to play chicken with a hulking passenger bus. This, however, is not a concept widely understood by Google's fleet of fearless autonomous cars. Following a Valentine's Day collision between a bus and an autonomous car in Silicon Valley, Google engineers...
News Story
2/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES — A self-driving car being tested by Google struck a public bus on a Silicon Valley street, a fender-bender that appears to be the first time one of the tech company's vehicles caused a crash during testing. Google accepted at least some responsibility for the collision, which occurred on Valentine's Day when one of the...
News Story
2/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Alphabet Inc's Google said on Monday it bears "some responsibility" after one of its self-driving cars struck a municipal bus in a minor crash earlier this month. The crash may be the first case of one of its autonomous cars hitting another vehicle and the fault of the self-driving car. The Mountain View, California-based Internet...
News Story
2/29/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A self-driving Google SUV and a Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority bus with a human at the controls smacked into each other on Valentine’s Day in Mountain View, according to a report released Monday by the state Department of Motor Vehicles. No one was injured in the collision, the report said, though each vehicle suffered some damage. The...
News Story
2/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As driverless car technology grows, so does the controversy surrounding autonomous motoring. Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) came out to say they are considering self-driving cars to qualify as drivers under federal law. The statement came shortly after Google, the star of the driverless car, complained about...
News Story
2/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A letter to Google, the US federal transport regulator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), appears to pave the way for self-driving cars, but adds the proviso that the rule-making could take some time. Google had requested clarification of a number of provisions in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSSs) as they...