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Google's self-driving car in five-car crash

Original post made on Aug 8, 2011

Google's self-driving cars have traveled 160,000 miles without incident, but that changed last week when one was behind a five-car collision on Charleston Road.

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Posted by kathy
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I would love to be rear ended by a car owned by Google.....can you imagine the settlement? I think I feel a severe case of whiplash coming on.....

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Posted by Mark
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I support Google, but judging by Google's use of "minor accident" and "fender benders", they appear to be hoping to minimize any accident-related financial judgments ... hey Google, it doesn't take much of a collision to cause a frightfully serious case of whiplash that could adversely affect the victim's spinal health for the rest of their life ... and SURRRRRRE, the accident occurred because the road on which the accident happened was not already "mapped"? Hmmmm, that road is only about a mile from Google --- the way they state it, it almost sounds as if the unmapped road is somewhere in the wilds of northern Wyoming!

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Posted by Jarrett
a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2011 at 9:15 pm

How is this even news?? When I rear ended someone I don't recall a news crew. Maybe if the car was in "autodrive" then this would have been worth reading.

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Posted by Nikki
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 9, 2011 at 8:55 am

How many of us expected to gleefully find that the computer caused the accident, only to discover that it was typical human error close to home? Well, that really isn't news. The hidden story is that the car drove itself 160,000 miles without an accident.

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Posted by JW
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 9, 2011 at 9:22 am

I'm sorry, how many Prius cars were involved? Only in Palo Alto...

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Posted by Paradize650
a resident of North Whisman
on Aug 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

Ok, someone was driving it...why do we care? Because it's Google? If it was a robot driving the car, then maybe I would want to read more. Obviously the robot is a better driver!!!

P.S. JW...don't put Palo Alto down!!