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This article was published on June 5, 2015

Google will now share a monthly report on its self-driving cars, including accident info

Google will now share a monthly report on its self-driving cars, including accident info
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Google likes to remind us driverless cars are safer than those with humans in control. To prove that point, accidents will now be reported on the self-driving car project page.

The site will provide details on the accidents, although it will redact information regarding other drivers. It’s worth note that California law mandates a human driver be in Google’s self-driving car while it’s on the road.

Recently, Google’s autonomous car lead Chris Urmson penned a blog post noting humans were to blame for most accidents Google’s driverless vehicles were involved in. Urmson also insisted the fender-benders were a learning experience, as most human drivers never report those types of accidents.

The first of these monthly reports looks back on six years of self-driving, where we learn Google’s cars have been in 12 minor accidents. According to Google, “not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident.”

Google self-driving car project [Google]

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