Autonomous cars Google has traveled more than 2 million kilometers since leaving California in 2009. It seems that in the end one of them caused an accident.
Critics and opponents of the idea of self-moving vehicles finally got their hands on a concrete argument, although it is important to note that nothing has happened to anyone (the result is expected at speeds as high as ... 3 and 24 kilometers per hour).
The undisguised plus of auto-electronics is that although the investigation is still ongoing, there is no doubt about the course of the incident - the police do not have to rely on the testimony of drivers and witnesses because everything has been registered.
From the description of the incident provided by Google, it appears that the autonomous Lexus SUV, in preparation for the turn, occupied the extreme right lane. However, this turned out to be blocked by sand bags surrounding the storm channel and the car had to stop. Then he began the procedure of returning to the central belt, passing first the cars behind him. The problem is that when the SUV started the maneuver, another bus came up and a collision occurred.
Google cars, prototypes that have been on the campus for years, can only move on public roads with a driver who will monitor the vehicle and react when needed. Why did not he react this time? As the test driver said, though he saw the bus coming up in the rearview mirror, he assumed he would slow down, passing the Google car.
Although it's just a minor bump, it's important for the future of a project that assumes that the computer driver is better than the blood and bones because of the fault of a stand-alone car.