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Google Self-Driving Prius Read-ended Another Prius Near Company’s HQ

The photo below were snapped earlier this week near Google’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters involving the Toyota Prius — recognizable as a Google self-driving prototype from the roof equipment that’s smaller than a typical Google Streetview image collector — Jalopnik speculates that Google’s Toyota Prius rear-ended another Prius.

Business Insider received the following quote from a Google spokesperson about the accident:

“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.”

Of course, how would we actually know whether it was being manually-driven at the time? Now that we’ve got confirmation that this was one of Google’s self-driven cars, it’s high time we got a closer look at the details of how they’re trying to make it happen — and any evidence that this actually was being driven by a real, live human being.

And, NBC’s San Francisco station spoke with a woman who witnessed the crash and reported that in addition to the two Priuses, the crash also involved three other vehicles:

Google’s Prius struck another Prius, which then struck her Honda Accord that her brother was driving. That Accord then struck another Honda Accord, and the second Accord hit a separate, non-Google-owned Prius.

[Via: Jalopnik]

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