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Google it: Drivers, not us, are to blame

Published 13/05/2015 | 02:30

A Google self-driving car on display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California (AP)
A Google self-driving car on display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California (AP)

DRIVERS - not driverless cars - are to 'blame' for accidents involving the computer giant's vehicles.

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That's what Google are saying after revealing that their self-driving cars had been involved in 11 accidents.

But, they insisted, their cars had not been the cause of any.

Those testing the Google fleet of more than 20 vehicles have been aboard for 1.7 million miles so far.

But over the six years of testing, Google's Chris Urmson says : "Not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident." It was those driving cars who transgressed. Most of the accidents were on city streets rather than motorways.

The cars were hit on seven occasions from behind and mostly at traffic lights, he revealed.

Irish Independent

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