Google self-driving car collides with bus

CarsBy Niamh Cluskey
The Google Self Driving Car
The Google Self Driving Car

Google has finally taken “some responsibility” after the company's self-driving car hit a bus in early February.

It’s believed to be the first case where a driver-less car has hit another vehicle.

The Lexus SUV was attempting to navigate around some sandbags at a speed of 3.5 km/h, when it hit the bus travelling at 24 km/h.

The vehicle and the test driver "believed the bus would slow or allow the vehicle to continue," according to a Google spokesperson.

Three seconds later, as the Google car in self-driving mode re-entered the center of the lane, it struck the side of the bus, causing damage to the front and side of the bus.

The internet search leader said they have since made changes to its software after the crash to avoid any future incidents.

Google said in a statement on Monday, "we clearly bear some responsibility, because if our car hadn’t moved, there wouldn’t have been a collision.

“That said, our test driver believed the bus was going to slow or stop to allow us to merge into the traffic, and that there would be sufficient space to do that."

In a statement released by Google last November, they claimed that in six years of its self-driving project, it has been involved in 17 minor accidents during more than three million km of manual and self driving combined.

And that "Not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident,"

An investigation to determine liability is still pending.