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Article - Google's self-driving Lexus cuts off self-driving Audi

Google's self-driving Lexus cuts off self-driving Audi
    by  Benjamin Snyder

June 26, 2015, 10:31 AM EDT
What happens when driverless cars collide?

Updated 12:15 a.m ET Friday.

Somebody almost had to call a self-driving tow truck.

Two autonomous vehicles, one powered by Google and the other from Delphi Automotive, nearly collided this week in what’s thought to be the first close call between a pair of self-driving cars, Reuters reports.

The Google car, a modified Lexus, cut off Delphi’s modified Audi and forced it abort changing lanes to avoid a crash, Delphi’s John Absmeier told Reuters. Absmeier was a passenger in the Audi at the time of the incident; nobody was hurt in the event.

Delphi has two driverless Audi prototypes on California roads, while Google has 20 being tested.

The near collision raises important questions about self-driving cars, including who’s responsible when two are involved in an accident.

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