One of Google’s self-driving cars hit a bus while navigating traffic in California last month- and the low-octane incident was caught on camera.
The slow-speed crash happened on February 14 in California when the car pulled out to avoid some sandbags in the road.
The car, and the Google driver monitoring its actions, assumed the bus would let the car in – but it didn’t and they collided.
Up until now, a GIF of the incident made the internet rounds, but today the full video of the incident was obtained by the Associated Press and published on Live Leak, which you can watch in the video above.
According to the accident report, the Google car, a 2012 Lexus RX450h, expected the bus to yield as the car navigated around some sandbags surrounding a manhole in its path.
Thankfully no one was hurt and given that Google’s self-driving car software is still a work in progress, it’s not surprising that it would fail at some point during the testing process.
Google says it has now updated the software to take situations like this into account.
The news follows a report in January that Google’s self- driving cars experienced 13 near-misses and 272 technology failures in 15 months, with humans having to take the wheel to avoid accidents.
The disclosure followed a local regulator’s demand for the information. Six other car tech companies also revealed data about autonomous-driving safety incidents of their own.
The company revealed the figures in a filing with California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, after the regulator required all autonomous vehicle testers to report incidents.