Google Self-driving car hits a bus

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The Associated Press got its hands on some footage of the accident, and posted it online. The footage, captured inside and outside the bus, shows passengers’ reactions to the crash as well as damage to both vehicles.

The footage is a reminder that while self-driving cars could eventually make the roads safer and improve mobility, they’re still a work in progress. Google’s self-driving cars have been involved in fender benders in the past, but this marks the first time one of its vehicles has been deemed responsible for a crash.

As you can see from the video below, Google’s car suffered some body damage to the left front side of the vehicle, while the bus also got a bit banged up on its right side. No injuries were reported, however.

The vehicle “detected sandbags near a storm drain blocking its path, so it needed to come to a stop,” Google said. “After waiting for some other vehicles to pass, our vehicle, still in autonomous mode, began angling back toward the center of the lane at around 2 mph — and made contact with the side of a passing bus traveling at 15 mph. Our car had detected the approaching bus, but predicted that it would yield to us because we were ahead of it.”

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