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2016-03-01 09:31

CAUSED AN ACCIDENT: A US government crash report revealed that a Google autonomous car crashed into a bus in California. Image: AP/Google

Los Angeles - A self-driving car, being tested by Google, struck a public bus on a city street. It appears to be the first time one of the tech company's vehicles caused an accident.

The collision occurred on February 14, and Google reported it to California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in an accident report that the agency posted Monday.

The car was rolling at 3km/h and the bus at 24km/h. No one was injured.

Thought the bus would yield...

The report does not address fault. However, Google wrote that its car was trying to get around some sandbags on a street when its left front struck the right side of the bus.

The car's test driver, who under state law must be in the front seat to grab the wheel when needed, thought the bus would yield and did not have control when the collision happened, according to Google's report.

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If it is determined the Google vehicle was at fault, it would be the first time one of its SUVs caused an accident while in autonomous mode.

DMV spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez said the agency hoped to speak with Google on Monday (February 29) about what went wrong.

Involved in more than a dozen crashes

A Google spokesman did not have immediate comment.

Google has been testing two dozen Lexus SUVs outfitted with sensors and cameras near the tech firm's Silicon Valley headquarters.

Google cars have been involved in more than a dozen collisions. In most cases, Google's cars were rear-ended. No one has been seriously injured.


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