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This Is The Moment Google's Driverless Car Crashed Into A Bus

The UK could start trialling these cars soon

10/03/2016 09:13 GMT | Updated 10/03/2016 09:18 GMT
 

Footage of Google's self-driving car crashing into a bus in California has now been published online, sparking a fresh wave of speculation about the technology, which could be hitting the streets in UK soon.

In the video the car can be seen veering into the side of the bus, causing the vehicle to jolt.

According to Google, the incident, which happened on February 14, occurred as the car indicated to move into the centre lane and crashed because it expected the bus to give way.

Executive chairman of Google's parent company, Eric Schmidt, suggested a UK trial of the cars could begin soon.

He told the Telegraph

“One of [Britain’s] leaders suggested we pick a city and start testing there, so we are evaluating these things.

“We have to get permission from the government to have these things coexist, we have to go through country by country and state by state in the US, so we are working through that, it takes forever.”

At the time, Google said in a statement: "we clearly bear some responsibility, because if our car hadn’t moved, there wouldn’t have been a collision.

"That said, our test driver believed the bus was going to slow or stop to allow us to merge into the traffic, and that there would be sufficient space to do that."

While none of the passengers were hurt, the car was left visibly damaged.