Google’s self-driving car collides with bus

Raising concerns over safety, Google self-driving car failed a public test when it collided with a bus in February on a road in Mountain View, California in US. Now the footage of the crash from the bus dashcam has emerged that shows car turning left before the crash.

According to a report filed with California’s Department of Motor Vehicles a Lexus SUV equipped with special sensors caused an accident. The surveillance video footage was received from inside Mountain View public transit bus which shows how the self-driving Google car potentially can cause danger to life.

The report said that the vehicle was moving a speed of less than two miles an hour, and the bus was moving at the speed of 15 miles an hour. There were 15 passengers in the bus as well as the driver, and none were hurt.

The law says that the car’s test driver must be in the front seat to grab the wheel when needed. He apparently thought the bus would yield and did not have control when the collision happened, according to Google.

In a blog post on Monday, the company blamed the accident on a “tricky set of circumstances” caused partly by an adjustment it had made to the car’s algorithms weeks earlier to help it drive more like a human.

A company statement read, “We clearly bear some responsibility because if our Google auto had not moved, the collision would not have been there”.

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