Self-driving cars are for sure the wave of the near future. Google and many other companies are testing out self-driving cars and tweaking the imperfections. Google has been doing this now for 6 years, they started in 2009 testing self-driving cars. Some of the vehicles they test out are their own car-like pods and others are regular vehicles such as a Lexus RX450h (they have 23 of these Lexus vehicles) and they place the radars, sensors and cameras on the vehicle so it is able to perform the self-driving duties properly. As a transport company we are looking to the future because we could use self-driving haulers on the roads to save customers money and get cars delivered even quicker. Who wouldn’t want cheaper quotes and fast transport times? It is a no brainer.
Anyway, Google had it’s first accident where injuries were present. The accident occurred on July 1st, 2015 in Mountain View, California near the Google headquarters. What happened was that there was a green light, but the two cars in front of the Google Lexus vehicle was not able to move forward because they would have been blocking the intersection because of traffic. The car behind the Google Lexus didn’t notice that no one was moving and slammed into the Google vehicle going 17 mile per hour. It was a rear end collision so obviously the Google vehicle was not the cause of the accident, but being the first accident a Google vehicle was involved in with injuries is news worthy.
The injury that was claimed in minor whiplash. The accident was so minor that the Police did not even take a report even though they were called and did arrive on the scene. The Google Lexus RX only had minor scratches on the bumper while the other vehicle had the bumper fall completely off. I guess Lexus is a truly good product.
So far Google has not been in an accident where it has been the self-driving equipments fault. That is something to be very proud about and very reassured as well if you were to buy one of these cars. I know I am looking forward to buying a car with self-driving capabilities. I am just wondering if Apple and Google are going to make actual cars or if they will just create the equipment, sensors, cameras and software and just let anyone install it onto their vehicles. That would make more sense to get the product out to the most people, but you never know what these tech giants will do next.