A new report released by Google has revealed that in their six years of experimentation with self-driving vehicles, in and around Silicon Valley, there have been a grand total of 11 accidents. The head of Google’s car division, Chris Urmson, explained to the Associated Press that, according to state law, the company is required to divulge any accidents that may occur with the self-operating vehicles in order to maintain their operating permits on public roads. He went on to state that all the accidents thus far have occurred over 1.7 million miles, which amounts to a staggering 0.6 accidents per 100,000 miles. Additionally, all of these accidents were said to be the result of human error. “Not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident,” he stated.
Yet a great deal of speculation and even fear remains over the Internet giant’s autonomous vehicles. Critics, watchdog associations, and many in the scientific community believe a great deal of the distrust stems from the lack of transparency about the project on Google’s part. Despite needing the state’s authority to operate on open roads, the California Department of Motor Vehicles is unable to make any of the accident reports public. The only thing that is known about the accidents is that they amount to near-misses and small fender benders with cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians.
At the moment, Google is one of a few companies working in California to perfect self-driving technology. With their small squad of 23 Lexus SUVs they hope to beat the other car manufacturers and parts makers to the punch, although it remains to be see who is actually leading the pack.
We eagerly look forward to seeing who manages to bring this kind of opportunity into commercial use and what impact it will have on traffic laws, as well as personal safety. Should you have any questions concerning car, truck or motorcycle accidents involving new technology or defective auto products, contact Kahn Roven today to schedule a free consultation. Our number is (844) 9-INJURED.