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Robot Drivers Unite! Google Car Crashes, Human to Blame


Pesky human drivers are getting in the way of Steven Spielberg's Minority Report dream.

Or maybe, just maybe, they will help it become a reality. Business Insider reports that Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) self-driving cars have gotten into their first accident and a human is to blame.

"Safety is our top priority,” Google wrote in a statement to Business Insider. “One of our goals is to prevent fender-benders like this one, which occurred while a person was manually driving the car."

Some (including Business insider and have questioned whether or not Google is being entirely truthful about the accident. “Of course, how would we actually know whether it was being manually-driven at the time?” Justin Hyde writes. “Now that we've got confirmation that this was one of Google's self-driven cars, it's high time we got a closer look at the details of how they're trying to make it happen – and any evidence that this actually was being driven by a real, live human being.”

Would Google really lie about something so serious? Surely it does not want a car accident to blemish the concept of a self-driving vehicle. But if it wants to convince the public of the safety of these cars, it only needs to remind us of one thing: a Google car will never, ever drive home drunk.

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Posted-In: Business Insider Google Google self-driving cars Jalopnik Justin Hyde Minority ReportRumors Tech Best of Benzinga


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