One of the Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) self-driving vehicles finally cased accident, hitting a bus earlier this month when the self-driving car was in autonomous mode.
The low-speed accident happened in Mountain View, California, on Valentine’s Day. Google’s self-driving was in autonomous drive mode at that time, and it was trying to avoid some sand bags on a road while a bus was going 15 mph behind it in the next lane. Google’s car hit the bus at a speed of 2 miles per hour.
“Our test driver, who had been watching the bus in the mirror, also expected the bus to slow or stop. And we can imagine the bus driver assumed we were going to stay put. Unfortunately, all these assumptions led us to the same spot in the lane at the same time. This type of misunderstanding happens between human drivers on the road every day,” Google said as part of its monthly report on autonomous driving.
This is the first accident Google’s self-driving car had since Alphabet Inc.’s X division had tested its self-driving cars for nearly 1.5 million miles in autonomous mode.
The accident cased no injuries. The car, Lexus RX450hs, was damaged in left front fender, front wheel and sensor.
Google is betting that cars will drive themselves on the road in the future. But this accident sees that Google still has a long way to go. The traffic condition is much complex in the real world, the technologies must be improved to enable self-driving cars to deal with different situations on the roads.