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article imageOp-Ed: Google's Toyota Prius records its first ever crash in California

By Christopher Bates     Aug 8, 2011 in Technology
Mountain View - In what has been recorded as their its ever accident, Google's Toyota Prius was recently rear-ended by another Pruis in Mountain View, California.
Google are currently trialling their self-driven cars on public roads in California, while they recently gained permission to test them in Nevada too.
While nobody was injured in the accident, it is being reported that it was down to human error rather than a technical fault.
The Prius uses various sensors, video cameras and roof-mounted guidance equipment to avoid collisions with other vehicles and objects, although the driver is able to override the car's controls.
A Google spokesman said: “Safety is our top priority. One of our goals is to prevent fender-benders like this one, which occurred while a person was manually driving the car.”
Is mention of a human being involved just a story to cover Google? Although we'll probably never know, I'd prefer a few more years of testing before these vehicles are made avaliable to the general public.
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