July 17, 2015

Google reports that one of its self-driving cars was involved in an accident July 1—apparently the first such accident in which humans suffered an injury (“a bit of minor whiplash,” according to a post on Medium by Chris Urmson, who heads up Google’s driverless car program). As with prior collisions, Google says, the fault wasn’t with the driverless car, which was stopped behind two other cars at the entry to an intersection, but with the driver of the car behind Google’s. That car never decelerated, says Google, and hit the driverless vehicle at 17 miles per hour. “This certainly seems like the driver was distracted and not watching the road ahead,” writes Urmson.

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