Google reports self-driving car mistakes: 272 failures and 13 near misses

-THE GUARDIAN, 12 JANUARY 2016, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

Google’s self-driving cars might not yet have caused a single accident on public roads, but it’s not for want of trying.

Between September 2014 and November 2015, Google’s autonomous vehicles in California experienced 272 failures and would have crashed at least 13 times if their human test drivers had not intervened, according to a document filed by Google with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

When California started handing out permits for the testing of self-driving cars on public roads, it had just a few conditions. One was that manufacturers record and report every “disengagement”: incidents when a human safety driver had to take control of a vehicle for safety reasons. <Read More>