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Computers might be better drivers, after all. According to a study compiled by Axios last week, it was said that the vast majority of crashes involving self-driving cars in California were not caused by the autonomous vehicles.
To further validate this, Axios studied 54 incidents involving the 55 companies granted autonomous driving permits in California and found that only one could be blamed on a self-driving car that was in autonomous mode, another six were blamed on the self-driving car when it was in conventional driving mode.
The vast majority of the California crashes were blamed on other drivers or pedestrians.
“At the moment, self-driving car tech doesn’t seem to be advanced enough to handle all these humans,” Axios said in its conclusion. Axios also pointed out: “In three incidents, humans intentionally attacked a self-driving car, such as by hitting it, or climbing on top of it.”
The most publicized crash involving a self-driving car occurred in May in Tempe, Arizona, where a Volvo XC90 fitted with ride-share service Uber’s experimental self-driving technology struck and killed a pedestrian pushing a bicycle across a street late at night.