Google’s self-driving cars: 17m miles with 11 accidents

None of the accidents were their fault, search firm’s director says

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Since they hit the US roads six years ago, 20+ Google’s self-driving cars have travelled 17 million miles with only 11 minor accidents.

“Not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident”, says Program Director Chris Umson in Medium, a tech news site’s blog.

"If you spend enough time on the road, accidents will happen whether you're in a car or a self-driving car."

The company’s cars were hit from behind 7 times, and swiped a couple of times. Almost 80 percent of the accidents their cars have been involved occurred in city traffic.

Search firm says that their program also helping to identify driver behaviors leading to accidents. Umson names three: lack of attention, careless and dangerous driving at intersections and turns.

According to the World Health Organization road accidents were the cause of an estimated 1.24 million deaths worldwide in 2010.  

“That’s why so much of the enthusiasm for self-driving cars has focused on their potential to reduce accident rates,” says Umson.

TRTWorld and agencies