Google self-driving car gets into a minor accident

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Google is deep into test driving their self-driving cars. The program has been going on in california for quite some time. We just received a report that one of the cars got into a brief accident on February 24 in Mountain View.

A self-driving Lexus RX450h was attempting to go around some sandbags in a wide lane and accidentally crashed into the side of a bus. The incident caused damage to the bus’ left front fender, front wheel, and a driver side sensor. Thankfully, nobody was hurt.

The Lexus was traveling at less than 2 miles per hour when the collision happened. The bus was going at a rate of 15 miles per hour when the two struck each other. Google said that the vehicle and test driver thought that “the bus would slow or allow the Google (autonomous vehicle) to continue,” but instead the Google car re-entered the middle of the lane colliding with the bus. Google didn’t respond about the crash right away, which is believed to be the first incident in some time. However, this incident unlike others was the first actually committed by the self-driving car itself. More details are coming soon.

Source: Reuters


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Doug was raised in New York and currently attends Muhlenberg College where he is majoring in Accounting. He has been a die-hard Google and Android enthusiast ever since he purchased the Samsung Galaxy Vibrant. Doug strongly prefers Android over competitors for its customization, flat Material Design and exceptional integration with Google Services. Currently, Doug switches between the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Nexus 5X, and travels with a Nexus 9. In addition, Doug wears an Android Wear smartwatch and has other gadgets such as a Nexus Player and Cardboard viewer. Aside from writing with Talk Android, Doug enjoys testing new applications, designing concepts and studying Android application development all while attempting to keep up with the rapid world of technology. He’s hopeful that his high productivity will make lives easier and more meaningful. Doug’s dream is to attend Google I/O.