Google Launches Monthly Reports on Self-Driving Cars | Edmunds

Google Launches Monthly Reports on Self-Driving Cars


MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Consumers who want to track the progress of Google's fleet of self-driving cars now have access to a dedicated Web site that will provide monthly reports on the vehicles, including accidents.

The first report was posted on Friday.

The Google autonomous fleet has been involved in 13 minor fender-benders in more than 1.8 million miles of autonomous and manual driving.

"Not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident," Google said.

The first report included summaries of all accidents since the start of the project in 2009. In future monthly reports, Google said it will provide information on accidents in that month.

The accident reports will be "lightly edited to remove information about the other drivers involved," Google said.

There are 23 Lexus RX 450h SUVs currently self-driving on public streets, mainly in Mountain View, California. Nine Google self-driving prototypes are being tested on closed test tracks.

A May incident involved a Google Lexus autonomous vehicle in Mountain View, California. The self-driving vehicle was stopped at a red light when it was hit from behind. There were no injuries. The Google vehicle sustained minor damage to its rear sensor and bumper.

The site will also provide information about how the cars are adapting to everyday driving situations, along with a feedback form for the public.

Google is scheduled to begin testing its pod-like self-driving cars on city streets in California this summer.

Edmunds says: This Web site should be of interest to consumers since Google's self-driving fleet is logging as many miles each week as a typical American adult drives in a year.

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