Google’s self-driving cars and Austin, Texas, residents are getting to know each other. And so far, the relationship has been a symbiotic one—or at least an accident-free one.
Google has been navigating its autonomous-driving-equipped Lexus RX450h SUVs through Austin for about two months without any accidents, according to the company’s August report released Tuesday.
Aside from a few adjustments—horizontal street signs and a lot more deer—the overall conditions in Austin are similar to Mountain View, Calif., where Google has tested its cars since 2009, the company says.
One of Google’s Lexus SUVs was involved in an accident in Mountain View in August, according to the report. A Google car was rear-ended Aug. 20 as it stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. A driver behind the Google self-driving car had been busy merging and failed to see the vehicle stop in time. In its report, Google notes how self-driving cars are designed to “see” and anticipate these types of events. >more