San Francisco, MarchÂ 2, 2016:Â Google on Monday said that its self-driving car bore some of the blame in a recent fender-bender after making the kind of assumption a human might have made.
A Lexus car converted into an autonomous vehicle by the internet company had a low-speed collision with a transit bus on February 14 in what marked the first time that Google laid some of the responsibility for a crash on the software brains.
â€œThis is a classic example of the negotiation thatâ€™s a normal part of driving â€” weâ€™re all trying to predict each otherâ€™s movements,â€ Google said in a February monthly report about the performance of its self-driving cars. â€œIn this case, we clearly bear some responsibility, because if our car hadnâ€™t moved there wouldnâ€™t have been a collision.â€
A report filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles contained details of the incident.
The accident was reviewed and software modified to â€˜more deeply understandâ€™ that buses and other large vehicles are less likely to yield to the self-driving cars, according to Google.
But critics of the autonomous cars were not so forgiving.
â€œThis accident is more proof that robot car technology is not ready for auto pilot and a human driver needs to be able to take over when something goes wrong,â€ Consumer Watchdog Privacy Project Director John Simpson said.