Google has been running its self-driving car program since 2009. Since then, it has inspired other players like auto-makers Mercedes, Ford, Nissan and others to begin actively exploring ways in which mankind will move around in the future. Even then, how safe are self-driving cars? Google has been testing its self-driving fleet of 48 licensed cars comprising Toyota Priuses, Lexus SUVs and even Audis and thanks to a report by the Associated Press, we have feedback from the company on the safety conditions of those cars.
Google’s self-driving cars have been involved in a total of 11 accidents and Google blames all of those minor incidences not on its autonomous cars but on humans. The accidents have been as a result of drivers ramming into the backs of the cars writes Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving car program on the blog Backchannel.
There are no extensive statistics available so it is hard to quantify the safety records of the self-driving cars using independent data hence the rate of about 0,6 accidents per every 100,000 miles can be disputed.
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