In February, a dangerous accident was recorded with the participation of an autonomous car from Google. The vehicle confused the lanes on the road and drove into the oncoming lane directly under the wheels of the bus. In the accident report, it was stated that the Lexus car with autonomous control with the help of equipment from Google, provoked a dangerous situation on the road and got into an accident under the wheels of the bus in the oncoming lane.
In the process of moving, the car had to successfully turn off at the intersection, but it had to go around the obstacle near the storm sewer, during which the car drove to the oncoming lane. It is interesting that the car began to move after having missed several cars in front of it to minimize the risk of traffic jams. The bus on the oncoming line noticed the car in advance but did not stop. The collision occurred at a speed of 15 miles per hour from the side of the bus and at a speed of 2 miles per hour from the side of the autonomous vehicle. There were no injured passengers, but the car was damaged: the wheel and bumper were crumpled.
The situation on the road was controversial, but Google took responsibility for what happened because if a car did not start moving along the road, the accident would not have happened. In the rules of travel and the car instructions, it is clearly stated about the need to make sure in free space for maneuver. In addition, the developers of Google accounted the risk of an emergency on the road in a case of unforeseen circumstances.
— Ron van Zuylen (@grommet) September 25, 2016
Cars from Google used to get into accidents on test races, but before that, no one laid the blame on the program, since accidents happened because of unforeseen circumstances. This is the most serious accident because of a technically incorrect decision taken by the car as of now.
For eight years, Google has been testing prototypes of cars on self-driving. During this time, the vehicles “learned” to recognize traffic light signals, the actions of the traffic controller, to assess the situation on the roads and to make decisions with tremendous speed. During the testing, there were about 17 accidents. They all happened due to the fault of a person, but not a car.
Google plans to launch the widespread use of such cars by 2020. The main goal of the company is to create a car that can self-manage better than with the help of a driver.