Google plans reports driverless cars after second accident in a week

Posted on 6/6/2015 11:24:58 AM

Google Inc. will begin issuing monthly reports on their self-driving car, part of an effort to disclose more information about the technology, after a second accident of one of the vehicles in less than a week.

The new reports summarize the project activity, the data points and incidents involving cars, Google said Friday.

An autonomous vehicle was rear-ended at a stoplight in Mountain View, California, on Thursday, Google said. Last week, another unit was hit in the same city.

There have been 13 accidents since the project began six years ago, and none have been the fault of the vehicle itself, the company said.

"We've made great progress with our self-driving technology in the last six years and we are still learning," the company said in its May report, which includes data until Wednesday of this week. "Every day we headed for the street so we can keep challenging and refine our software."

Google is making its case for driverless cars more transparency amid questions about the progress of the program, part of the research laboratory X company.

The reports come after a shareholder asked for more information on accidents during the annual meeting at its headquarters on Wednesday.

The company is also using the website to explain how the technology works, gather information and provide updates, Google said.

The information center makes the argument that the robotic cars could help address the many deaths caused by human-driven vehicles today.

As part of the reports, Google said it plans to give examples of situations encountered. The last presentation includes a photo of your self-driving car stopped at a traffic light and waiting after turned green because an ambulance was approaching the intersection.

"I am very proud of the record of our cars," said co-founder Sergey Brin during a shareholders' meeting on June 3 "Our goal is to win human drivers."

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