Human takes wheel, crashes Google's self-driving car

By , ITworld |  Networking, car tech, Google

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Google's self-driving car generates interest wherever it goes -- with or without a driver. So imagine my mixture of delight and dismay in finding the first report of a crash of a Google driverless car on Jalopnik. Then imagine the fun factor of finding out the driverless car crashed while under the control of a real, human driver (name withheld to protect the embarrassed).

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Others enjoyed jumping on this topic, because Google drives passionate responses from people both pro and con. But we have yet to hear from the Chinese.

Too funny

"Oh man, Eric is gonna beat the schmidt out of us!"
TheAntiCat on jalopnik.com

Have you requested information as to whether the robot has been trained in defensive driving to avoid the missteps of the human drivers still left on the road?
oldblluesmith on news.cnet.com

Oh, the Schadenfreude I'm feeling right now. And I'm loving it.
AussieFalcon351 on jalopnik.com

Dubious

You trust Google to be honest about this? I don't trust any corporation in the US they are all corrupted!
mipa on pcworld.com

But is it impossible to conceive that the machine went wrong, the human switched to manual, but the human was too late?
ChrisMatyszczyk on news.cnet.com

I just love how you guys tear into a new, developing technology (when it messes up) that is still in testing phase as if it is fully developed and just did something totally unexpected and irredeemable.
http://jalopnik.com/people/SeraphX2/ SeraphX2 on jalopnik.com

Details

Google is not working on a car, but the information collection/process system and the control system to enable a car to drive itself.
JamsLaned2t on pcworld.com

That is the whole purpose of this pilot experiment - to find out any 'bugs' or kinks in the system. Note that a robot driver doesn't have to be absolutely perfect to be useful, they just have to be better than human drivers. If good human drivers cause one accident say every 100K miles on average, and the robot does it once every 200K miles, then they are useful.
newhd on news.cnet.com

With an average of 17,000 crashes per day in the united states from human-driver cars, I'd say this computer controlled Prius is ALREADY BETTER than real people out there.
bearslayer on jalopnik.com

Question of the day: how much extra will you pay to get the driverless option on your new car in a few years?

Google Computer-Driven Prius from Ben Tseitlin on Vimeo.

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