NHTSA Launches Investigation of Google's Waymo over Self-Driving Cars Causing Accidents

NHTSA Launches Investigation of Google’s Waymo over Self-Driving Cars Causing Accidents


Google’s Waymo self-driving vehicles may be causing big problems on the roads including accidents into stationary objects and ignoring traffic signals, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Ars Technica reports that Waymo, a Google company, is facing scrutiny from the NHTSA over its self-driving vehicles’ potential safety risks. After receiving 22 incident reports involving cars equipped with Waymo’s fifth-generation automated driving system, the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) is now investigating the cause.

Of the 22 incident reports, 17 involved collisions with zero reported injuries. These reports were sourced both from Waymo and publicly available sources. Various incidents were documented, including single-party crashes into stationary and semi-stationary objects, such as gates and chains, as well as instances of Waymo automobiles

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