One of Google's autonomous vehicles was involved in its first accident with injuries in Mountain View earlier this month. Since the vehicles first started navigating California's roads six years ago, the self-driving cars have been involved in 14 accidents three of which occurred within the last three months. Despite advancements in technology, driver error and negligence still pose significant risks for motorists.
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Google reported last week that one of its self-driving cars was rear-ended at a stoplight on July 1, 2015. The three Google employees who were in the vehicle were examined at a local hospital for minor whiplash injuries before being released to return to work. The driver of the other vehicle also complained of similar injuries.
So far, 11 of the 14 Google car accidents involved the autonomous vehicle being rear-ended. In the most recent crash, the Google car slowed to a stop behind a group of cars at a stoplight. Despite the light being green, the vehicles stopped because of congestion on the other side of the intersection.
Shortly after the Google car stopped, another vehicle crashed into it. According to sensors on the self-driving car, the other vehicle did not brake prior to hitting the Google car. Chris Urmson, director of Google's autonomous car program, claims the accident was the result of human driver error and distraction.
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