According to Google – their cars rock!
Google has released a report saying that since their self-driving cars took to the streets roughly six years ago, their vehicles have been in 11 accidents, none of which have been their fault. Google themselves published the report on Backchannel, claiming 1.7 million (manually and autonomously combined) miles and 11 incidents.
The incidents break down like so, according to report:
- The Google cars were rear-ended seven times.
- Twice they were side-swiped.
- One incident involved another car running a red light.
- More accidents happened on city roads as opposed to freeways.
At the end of the day, it’s probably fair to say this is all just a PR stunt from Google to prove their cars really are safe. However, if the statistics prove to be true (currently nothing points to the opposite), then that’s just more proof that self-driving cars are absolutely the way of the future and it’s only a matter of time before they’re all over the roads.
What do you think? Would you ever feel safe in a self-driving car? Or would you prefer to still be behind the wheel?