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Self-Driving Google Car Involved in First Injury Accident, Tech Giant Reports

Three people on board complained of minor whiplash after the driverless vehicle they were riding in was rear-ended in Mountain View.



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    In this photo taken Wednesday, May 14, 2014, a row of Google self-driving cars are shown outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Four years ago, the Google team developing cars which can drive themselves became convinced that, sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was just one problem: Driverless cars almost certainly were illegal.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Google says one of its self-driving cars has been involved in an injury accident for the first time—but the driver-less car was not at fault.

    A human driver rear-ended one of Google's SUV in Mountain View, and three people on board complained of minor whiplash. All were released from the hospital soon after the July 1 collision.

    There was one person behind the wheel of the self-driving vehicle, which is the law in California, and two other passengers rode along.

    According to Google, its SUV was stopped near an intersection when another car hit it at about 17 mph. On-board sensors showed the other car did not brake.

    Google Inc. has pioneered self-driving technology. It says that in six years of testing, its cars have been hit 14 times.

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