Google Blames Human for Robot Car Crash


NBC Bay Area
August 7, 2011

UPDATE: A woman claiming to have witnessed the accident involving one of Google’s robot-controlled cars says that five cars were involved, not two, as Google asserts in a statement.

There was “a huge screeching noise,” according to Tiffany Winkelman, and Google’s Prius struck another Prius, which then struck her Honda Accord that her brother was driving. That Accord then struck another Honda Accord, and the second Accord hit a separate, non-Google-owned Prius.

Google’s original statement reads: “Safety is our top priority. One of our goals is to prevent fender-benders like this one, which occurred while a person was manually driving the car.”

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At Google, don’t blame the technology when something goes wrong — blame the person behind the technology.

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