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Google cars had two minor crashes in April

Google has been testing its self-driving cars in Texas, Arizona, California and Oregon to get them ready for national roadways, and the company carefully documents the vehicles' progress each month. In its April report, Google noted that two of its high-tech cars had minor accidents.

The first incident involved a vehicle hitting the side mirror of one of Google's self-driving Lexus cars. The second crash involved a car rear-ending a Google test vehicle at 9 mph. No injuries were reported, and Google's cars were not at fault for the mishaps.

Google driverless cars have logged more than 1.5 million miles since 2009. The company said that minor crashes are expected given that its vehicles are on the road almost 24 hours a day. California law requires Google to report every incident involving one of its prototypes, but there is no such law for human­-driven cars. Statistics show that 94 percent of motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are caused by human error.

Google is currently testing 34 in-house prototypes and 23 Lexus vehicles equipped with its self-driving technology. The company is expected to add minivans to its lineup in the near future.

Most auto accidents are caused by human error, including a driver who is distracted, impaired, speeding or otherwise negligent. People who are injured as a result often have to incur significant medical expenses, and many are unable to earn a living while they are recovering. When the accident was caused by the negligence of another motorist, victims may appreciate having the help of an attorney in seeking compensation for their losses.

Source: Tech Times, "Google Self-Driving Car Had Two Accidents In April, Reveals Monthly Report," Horia Ungureanu, May 7, 2016

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