One of Google’s self-driving cars was the subject of a collision with another vehicle earlier this month. The car hit a California municipal bus in a minor accident, but it may be the first time one of Google’s automated automotives hit another vehicle.
“In a Feb. 23 report filed with California regulators, Google said the Feb. 14 crash took place in Mountain View, Calif., when a self-driving Lexus RX450h sought to get around some sandbags in a wide lane. The vehicle and the test driver “believed the bus would slow or allow the Google (autonomous vehicle) to continue.” But three seconds later, as the Google car reentered the center of the lane it struck the side of the bus, causing damage to the left front fender, front wheel and a driver side sensor.”
No one was injured as a result of the crash. Google’s modified Lexus cars have been on California roads for some time, and in 2015 they were joined by the company’s own prototype self-driving vehicles.