The accident report Google filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles described the crash as, "The Google AV test driver saw the bus approaching in the left-side mirror but believed the bus would stop or slow to allow the Google AV to continue." At the time, Google's self-driving car was going 2 mph and wound up with body damage to the left front fender, left front wheel and a driver's-side sensor.
Google's February monthly report on autonomous drive activities further discussed the accident saying: "We clearly bear some responsibility, because if our car hadn't moved there wouldn't have been a collision. That said, our test driver believed the bus was going to slow or stop to allow us to merge into the traffic, and that there would be sufficient space to do that."
Does this accident change the push from Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C., to develop self-driving cars?
"This is just one accident, and we will likely see more," said Bryant Walker Smith an assistant professor of law at the University of South Carolina. "The world is a messy place and roads are messy places so this isn't the last accident we'll ever see with a self-driving vehicle."