Google accepts “some responsibility” for its self-driving car’s collision with bus

Google accepts “some responsibility” for its self-driving car’s collision with bus

Earlier this week, tech giant Google submitted an accident report online to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, acknowledging "some responsibility" for a February 14 crash which involved one of the company's self-driving cars.

The accident occurred on a major boulevard near Google's Mountain View, California, headquarters, when Google's self-driving Lexus RX 450h hit the side of a bus while trying to navigate its way around some sandbags placed around a storm drain at the intersection.

Upon detecting the sandbags, the Google self-driving Lexus made a lane change, failing to notice a bus which was speeding up slightly. The test driver seated in the self-driving Lexus could not get the control of the car before the collision, apparently because he presumed that the bus would give way to the car.

According to Google's report, the self-driving Lexus -- whose left front hit the right side of the bus -- was travelling at a speed of 2 mph when the accident occurred, while the bus was moving at 15 mph.

Google admitted in its report that it bears "some responsibility" for the collision of its self-driving Lexus with the bus; and also added that the accident was "a classic example of the negotiation that's a normal part of driving - we're all trying to predict each other's movements."

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