Google acknowledges 11 accidents with its self-driving cars

FILE - This May 13, 2014 file photo shows a Google self-driving Lexus at a Google event outside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Of the nearly 50 self-driving cars rolling around California roads and highways, four have gotten into accidents since September, 2014. That’s when the state officially began permitting these cars of the future, which use sensors and computing power to maneuver around traffic. Three accidents involved souped-up Lexus SUVs run by Google Inc. The fourth was an Audi retrofitted by the parts supplier Delphi Automotive. Google and Delphi said the accidents were minor and their cars were not at fault.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

LOS ANGELES (KRON) — 11 of Google’s self-driving cars have been involved in accidents since the company started experimenting with the technology six years ago.

All of the 11 accidents have been classified as minor, and according to Google, none of the accidents were caused by its cars.

Google’s driver-less cars have traveled more than 1.7 million miles since testing started.

The company released the number of accidents after the Associated Press reported Monday that California has received four collision reports involving self-driving cars since it began requiring them last September. Three of those involved Google’s cars.

Some say that more transparency is needed to reassure people that the technology is safe.

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