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June 26, 2015

Google Self-Driving Car Nearly Side-Swipes Autonomous Audi: Report

Two self-driving cars were almost in a crack up on a California road this week after a Google vehicle reportedly cut off an Audi.

According to Reuters, a Google-operated self-driving Lexus cut off a self-driving Audi run by Delphi Automotive as it was trying to change lanes.

It is apparently the first time two self-driving vehicles were involved in a near collision.

Delphi executive John Absmeier, who was in the Audi at the time of the near miss, reported the incident to Reuters, saying the Delphi car “took appropriate action” to avoid a crash.

He said the incident took place when the Delphi vehicle was about to make a lane change — the Google vehicle cut off the Audi, forcing it to abandon the lane change.

Both of the self-driving vehicles are equipped with software and sensors that are meant to take the place of human abilities.

Google has yet to comment on the incident.

Both companies have labs based in Mountain View. Although Delphi is testing only two Audi prototypes, Google has had more than 20 Lexus vehicles equipped with its technology on California roads.

Google on Thursday began testing its own self-driving prototypes on California streets. The Google-built vehicles use the same software and sensors as the Lexus prototypes.

Although both companies have reported accidents in the past, they were all no-fault incidents, mostly due to being rear-ended at traffic lights by another driver.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.