Google's self-driving vehicle was involved in a car accident Friday, according to news reports.
The accident occurred near the company's Mountain View, Calif. Headquarters. The Prius is one of Google's self-driving car prototypes, but Google claims the fender bender occurred when a regular flesh-and-blood human was driving, according to news reports .
Gawker car blog Jalopnik published photos showing what they describe as "Prius on Prius vehicular violence" and reported that Google's self-driving car "appears to have rear-ended another Prius." Other reports say that the accident wound up being a five-car fender bender.
But Google says we shouldn't blame the software (which was no doubt looking over drivers with loving grace). The company told The Mountain View Voice in an email that the crash was caused by human error:
"We regret that a Google driver recently caused a minor accident, and we're grateful that no one was hurt...Safety is our top priority. One of our goals is to prevent fender-benders like this one, which occurred while a person was manually driving the car."
Google's self-driving cars are outfitted with sensors to navigate mapped roads, reports The Mountain View Voice. During Google's ongoing testing of the cars, a driver has been at the wheel, ready to take over if the self-driving systems should fail.
As a Moncks Corner car accident attorney , I'm interested in seeing how this car's safety develops.
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