Google self-driving car hits a bus


One of Google’s self-driving cars crashed into a bus in California last month. There were no injuries.

It is not the first time one of Google’s famed self-driving cars has been involved in a crash, but it may be the first time it has caused one.

Google is to meet with California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to discuss the incident, and determine where the blame lies.

On 14 February the car, travelling at 2mph (3km/h), pulled out in front of a public bus going 15mph (24km/h).

The human in the Google vehicle reported that he assumed the bus would slow down to let the car out, and so he did not override the car’s self-driving computer.

The crash happened in Mountain View, near Google’s headquarters.

In a statement, Google said: “We clearly bear some responsibility, because if our car hadn’t moved, there wouldn’t have been a collision.

“That said, our test driver believed the bus was going to slow or stop to allow us to merge into the traffic, and that there would be sufficient space to do that.”