Google's Self-Driving Car Involved In Hit And Run Crash

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Google's self-driving car program is slowly but surely inching ahead towards entering production.

However, the software giant's autonomous car project recently suffered a series of setbacks that have left its self-driving dreams in the lurch.

One of the autonomous cars owned by 'X', the Alphabet (Alphabet is the parent company of Google) company in charge of the program, was rear-ended by a Mitsubishi on July 15. The Mitsubishi, which was travelling at 11km/h when it hit the autonomous car, then drove away without talking to the 'driver' of the autonomous car.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Cuesta Drive and Springer Road, in the city of Los Altos, California. X has informed the police and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), California about the accident

This isn't the first time that one of X's autonomous cars has been involved in an accident. One of the recent incidents involving the autonomous cars, saw the first ever accident caused by the autonomous car, when one of X's self-driving Lexus SUVs, drove into the side of a bus.

The accident report filed with the DMV, may have also been one of the last times that X's former Chief Technical Officer(CTO) Chris Urmson, signed off anything related to the company. Urmson resigned as CTO of X on Friday, August 5, 2016.

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Story first published: Saturday, August 6, 2016, 12:00 [IST]
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