Google’s self-drive car involved in large collision with other car
Technology is a fascinating thing. Remember when the ‘Back to the Future’ movies first came out all the way back in 1985! They predicted us to have hover cars gliding the sky’s by 2015. Well, as much as we would have loved this to happen, technology hasn’t quite advanced enough to make this a reality. I guess the closest resemblance of hover cars we have going on in 2016 are cars which drive themselves. Still most impressive.
Google and many other car manufactures including BMW and Mercedes are trying vigorously to come up with the most reliable, efficient and safest self-drive car available. Google are making serious strides in their development of self drive cars as they’ve covered over 2m miles in the San Francisco area thus far.
They just can’t seem to stay out of trouble though, as illustrated by the multiple impacts suffered with various vehicles. Mostly they’ve been rear-ended when either driving slowly or stationary at a junction, suffering minor damage. According to Google none of the accidents bar one have been the fault of the self-drive cars. In this particular case, a driver ran through red light and collided with the passenger side door of the modified Google Lexus SUV.
I know its a strange concept getting your head around cars that can drive themselves. It is true, self drive cars respond quicker than humans in terms of spotting potential danger and react quicker in anticipating when to break. It is a fact roads will become safer if more and more people started buying self drive cars.
These car will eliminate human error; stupid accidents will ultimately be avoided. You will hear less and less cases on the amount drink and drive accidents occurring and driving accidents where drivers have been on there phones.
I think self drive cars are definitely the future. Do you agree?
Have to wonder if Google's self driving cars get into accidents because they drive so conservatively (i.e., not like a human) https://t.co/cc7Q7jxe6u— Christopher Mims (@mims) September 22, 2016
Google said that the car was in self-driving mode with a person sitting at the steering wheel. The Google car hit the brakes automatically on seeing the other car crossing the red light, followed by the human behind the wheel doing the same, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the collision.
A Google spokesperson told 9to5Google: “Our light was green for at least six seconds before our car entered the intersection. Thousands of crashes happen every day on US roads, and red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes in the US. Human error plays a role in 94% of these crashes, which is why we’re developing fully self-driving technology to make our roads safer.”