– QUARTZ, MAY 11 2015, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:
An investigation by the Associated Press has uncovered that four of the 48 self-driving cars on California’s roads have been involved in four accidents since September, after the state refused to make the official accident reports available.
Two of the accidents happened while the vehicle was driving, and the other two while the human safety driver was in control. Google, whose cars suffered three of the accidents, and Delphi, who had the fourth crash, both claim that in all cases human error or inattention, rather than the autonomous technology, was to blame.