Self-Driving Cars Involved in Multiple Fender Benders
According to an AP report, Google self-driving cars have been involved in 11 minor incidents on the road in the last six years, three since September of 2014. In September accident reporting became a requirement under the permits allowing them to drive on public roads.
Believe it or not, none of the accidents were apparently the fault of the Google cars- this according to Google employee Chris Urmson. This was not verified as the DMV considers the accident reports to be classified and Google will not release any details at this point. All 11 accidents allegedly involved no injury and only minor damage, and occurred over the course of 1.7 million miles test drives, 1 million of which driven in self-driving mode.
The most important consideration aside from safety is liability in the event of an accident with a Google car. At present, California law requires minimum insurance of $5 million for companies wanting to test self-driving cars. While this would also exclude all but the wealthiest companies, there is also more to lose for them if they were sued after an accident.
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