Human error behind Google’s self-driving car crash


9 Aug 2011

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Human error is behind the minor accident involving internet search giant Google’s self-driving car, the company has said.

The accident near Google’s Mountain View, California, headquarters on Friday occurred when a human was behind the wheel, Google said.

Google’s self-driving cars, which contain sensors to navigate mapped roads, have a driver during testing of the car, in case the self-driving systems should fail.

In the accident, car blog Jalopnik reported that Google’s self-driving car "appears to have rear-ended another Prius." Other reports had said the accident was a five-car fender bender.

Reports aside, Google said the software shouldn’t receive blame.

"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 told told The Mountain View Voice.