Google self-driving car hits public bus near Mountain View headquarters

-SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1 MARCH 2016, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH: 

A Google self-driving car has for the first time caused a crash, pulling into traffic and sideswiping a public bus.

No one was injured in the minor fender bender, but Google has adjusted the software for its fleet of autonomous cars to avoid future mishaps. Still, the incident underscored that Google’s cars are a work in progress and — in the words of one critic — “aren’t ready to cope with many everyday driving situations.”

In a report to the Department of Motor Vehicles posted online Monday, Google said its Lexus SUV was attempting to make a right turn onto Castro Street from El Camino Real in Mountain View on Feb. 14. The car had pulled close to the curb to allow vehicles behind it to proceed straight, but when the car moved back into the center of the lane to avoid sandbags around a drain, it hit a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus, the Mountain View Internet search giant said. <Read More>