In a test drive, two rival self-driving cars were going to collide in California but avoided the untoward event.
One of the self-driving cars was operated by Google while the other was an Audi run by Delphi Automotive. The Google driven car apparently cut off the Audi self-driving car as it was trying to change lanes but the Audi car took appropriate action and avoided a collision according to a Delphi executive.
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This close call incident is apparently the first such incident which involves two self-driving cars.
This news of the close call follows a report that had been given out by Google in May. This report had revealed that Google’s own fleet of cars had 11 minor accidents since the program had begun in 2009.
Chris Urmson who is the director of this program stated that not even one self-driving car was the cause of an accident and many of the accidents had in fact involved the car being rear-ended by another vehicle.
Delphi Automotive is a self-driving startup which also has reported an accident with one of its own cars back in October, according to Guardian. The report showed that the accident took place because it was broadsided by another car while waiting to make a left turn. However the Delphi car wasn’t in self-driving mode at that time but it was required to report the accident as per the law of California.
Apart from these two companies there are five other companies with testing permits in the stated and operate 48 self-driving vehicles but none of these five companies reported any accidents.
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Google has stated the details of the features of the cars saying that they have ultimately designed the cars to work without a steering wheel or pedals but during this phase the company will add safety drivers aboard. Moreover the prototypes speed has been capped at a neighborhood friendly 25mph.