Google’s self-driving cars have been involved in 11 accidents

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As of May 2016, Google’s self-driving cars have been involved in 11 accidents since the project began in 2009. None of the accidents were caused by the self-driving cars, and in each case the human driver of the other car was at fault. In two of the accidents, the self-driving cars were rear-ended while stopped at a red light. In the first such accident, which occurred in Mountain View, California in August 2011, the car was hit by a distracted driver who rear-ended it at 17 mph (27 km/h). The second red-light rear-ending happened in September 2012 in Kirkland, Washington, when a driver rear-ended the Google car at 14 mph (23 km/h). The car was knocked out of position, but no one was injured in either accident.

In May 2014, a Google self-driving car was hit from behind by a van while merging onto a California freeway, causing the car to spin around and hit the van a second time. The impact damaged the car’s fender, bumper, and one of its taillights, but no one was injured. The driver of the van said that he had been trying to pass the Google car on the right, and didn’t see it merging into the lane.

In July 2015, a Google self-driving car was hit by a Lexus SUV while changing lanes to turn right. The Google car had signaled its intention to turn, and the human driver of the SUV said she did not see the car before hitting it. The impact crumpled the left front fender of the Google car, and shattered the SUV’s right rear passenger-side window. Both drivers were checked for injuries and released.

In September 2015, a Google self-driving car was hit by a bus while driving in Mountain View. The car was attempting to merge into another lane when it drove into the side of the bus. The bus was going 15 mph (24 km/h) at the time of impact, and the car’s front end was damaged. Google said that its car had detected the bus approaching, but incorrectly predicted that it would yield to the car. No one was injured.

In February 2016, a Google self-driving car was hit by a car that ran a red light in Mountain View. The human driver of the other car was cited for failing to yield. The Google car had minor damage.

In March 2016, a Google self-driving car was hit by another car while making a left turn in Mountain View. The other car was going about 40 mph (64 km/h) at the time of impact, and the Google car had significant damage. Both drivers were checked for injuries and released.

In April 2016, a Google self-driving car was hit by a car that ran a red light in Mountain View. The other car was going about 43 mph (69 km/h) when it hit the Google car, which had the right of way. The Google car had significant damage, but no one was injured.

In May 2016, a Google self-driving car was hit by a car that made a left turn in front of it. The human driver of the other car said she did not see the Google car before making the turn. The Google car had significant damage, but no one was injured.

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