Autonomous car records first at fault accident

Illinois motorists who are following the development of autonomous car technology may be interested to know that Google has admitted one of its self-driving vehicles was partially at fault for a minor collision with a city bus. The accident took place on Feb. 14 in Mountain View, California, and no one was injured in the accident. At the time of the collision, the bus was traveling at 15 mph while the car was traveling at about 2 mph

The autonomous vehicle was in the far right lane and about to make a right turn when it drifted back into the center of the lane in an attempt to avoid sandbags. The city bus that was behind the Google SUV then collided with its left side. A representative from Google said that the driver in the autonomous car thought that the bus would move for the car. Conversely, the bus driver most likely thought the car would yield to avoid a crash.

Although there were no injuries, there was some damage to the left side of the car. There had previously been 17 accidents involving Google vehicles, none of which had been the fault of the technology. Google said that it would be making upgrades to its software in an attempt to avoid accidents such as this one in the future.

After a car accident, there are many issues that a person who has been injured may need to sort through. The initial threshold is identifying the party that bears liability for the accident. When self-driving cars become more ubiquitous and cause a collision, personal injury attorneys might determine that the manufacturer of the technology should be held responsible.