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Google explains why its self-driving car crashed into that bus

Oscar Raymundo | March 14, 2016
The director of Google's Self-Driving Cars Project revealed why it could take 30 years for the company's fleet to master the road.

“There no page in the DMV manual [on how to handle these situations],” Urmson said. Self-driving cars need to understand it’s an unusual situation and react accordingly to an infinite number of wacky and erratic scenarios. That’s why it remains inconclusive when self-driving cars will actually be ready to hit the road on their own.

Urmson agrees that it could be the next three years, or the next 30, because this technology is going to be released incrementally. When asked about other companies working on self-driving technology, most notably Apple, Urmson said he was “excited.”

“The more people working on it, the more likely we’ll see it all over the world,” he said.


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