Google's robot car has proven to be pretty reliable, going 140,000 miles without an accident or ticket until a recent dust-up. But, Google says the accident was the result of human error.
Google’s self-driving robot car has taken yet another step toward becoming more like a human-operated vehicle. It got into an accident and blamed the other driver.
Initial reports claim that the Robot Prius rear-ended another vehicle, causing more and more cars to slam into each other. Among the victims was another Prius, this one sans robot. Google says that the accident happened because the car’s robot mode was switched to manual, and it was being driven by a human driver.
In a statement, Google insinuated that the fact that the accident was the result of human error, highlights the need for more robot car development.” One of our goals is to prevent fender-benders like this one, which occurred while a person was manually driving the car.”