In May, it was revealed that eight percent of the self driving cars being tested on the road in California had been involved in collisions. That was the only information the public got at the time. Now the state has decided to publish details about the crashes that involved these types of vehicles.
The Associated Press says that California state officials have released reports that talk about six accidents involving self-driving cars, after they said that the Department of Motor Vehicles was keeping the information to themselves and not showing it to the public. While news about these crashes and collisions are nothing new, they claimed they couldn’t show the public any details because of confidentiality clauses.
Information Finally Revealed
But with the recent reports, that appears to have gone away. State officials allowed the Associated Press to see the important information about the crashes. The information they saw says that “most of the cars were in self-driving mode when the accidents happened, and the other driver caused the accident.” Perhaps most importantly, “[n]one of the crashes were serious enough to injure the person the state requires to sit behind the wheel, and the reports say none of the people in the other cars were treated for injuries either.” The small number of crashes involved two of the companies pushing to get their self driving cars out there, Google and Delphi Automotive. Google has been testing these vehicles in roads for quite some time now. Many other companies are following with their own creations.
The new information is not a big deal for Google, who has talked about collisions involving its cars in the past. In a blog post, Chris Urmson, who is one of the many working on the driverless car program, admitted that Google’s cars have been involved in eight collisions, but highlighted that none of the accidents have been because of the technology. All have been confirmed to be by others driving.
More Details Please
The crashes involving other cars hitting them are actually a good thing because it confirms that self driving cars are doing their thing when being put to work and not making any errors. But this type of information needs to be revealed every few weeks so that the public can see that these projects are making advancements and that it’s not their fault whenever a collision or crash occurs, at least until now.
Some companies like Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and General Motors already have a way to deal with this problem, they have agreed to help open a test site for these cars in the University of Michigan. The area will have intersections, multiple lanes, road signs, sidewalks, streetlights, parked cars, pedestrians and even bus stops. The new addition will benefit engineering students, who will work on these cars and try to come up with ways to improve them. Testing is set to begin at the end of next month. Suppliers like Denso, Delphi and Robert Bosch are also involved with the project and will help out in the deal.