Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) claimed that one of its self-driving car has met an accident and been involved in injury of the passenger for the first time. In Mountain View, Google’s SUV (made by Lexus) was stopped near the intersection, and another car on the road just hit it about 17mph.
Google Inc revealed that its self-driving prototype car has involved in an accident for the first time in its history, and the Lexus SUV prototype was rear-ended in the city of Mountain View, where almost 20 prototypes were involved in self-maneuvering in road traffic. Google mentioned that three of its employees on board were injured with minor whiplash, were taken to hospital and also checked out the hospital to go back to work. Google also added that, the driver of the other car complained of neck as well as back pain.
In a blog post, on Thursday, the head of Google’s self-driving car program, Chris Urmson, wrote:
“Our self-driving cars are being hit surprisingly often by other drivers who are distracted and not paying attention to the road. That’s a big motivator for us. The most recent collision, during the evening rush hour on July 1, is a perfect example. One of our Lexus vehicles was driving autonomously towards an intersection in Mountain View, CA. The light was green, but traffic was backed up on the far side, so three cars, including ours, braked and came to a stop so as not to get stuck in the middle of the intersection. After we’d stopped, a car slammed into the back of us at 17 mph — and it hadn’t braked at all.”
In California, in order to test a self-driving car, a person should be there behind the wheels in order to take control in case of emergency. In addition to that, Google has appointed another person in the front passenger seat to monitor additional information about the car, and also one more person was also sitting in the back passenger seat. From this, we can assure that Google has invested tons of money in assuring safety of the passenger in the self-driving cars.
After 3 million kilometers of testing in last six years, this is the 14th accident, according to the statement provided by the company. Google also claimed that out of 14 accidents, about 11 accidents were rear-ended one. According to the accident report filed with “California Department of Motor Vehicles about the July 1 crash”, Google’s SUV was riding on the streets with a speed of 15mph, when the vehicle approached the intersection, the front vehicle and the Google car stopped due to traffic in the intersection. Within a fraction of a second, another vehicle rear-ended the Google car at the speed of 17 mph.
The sensors in the Google’s car showed that the other car, which rear-ended the Google car, did not apply the brake when Google car was slowed down. The driver of the car reported a minor neck as well as a minor back pain. The rear bumper of the car was slightly damaged and the vehicle which hit the car lost its front bumper, the police responded to the accident, but didn’t file any accident report for the same.