Google blames humans for self-driving car crashes -- again

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Google Blames Humans for Self-Driving Car Crashes -- Again

In the video above, it shows Google's first self-driving car accident that hurt humans. Passengers were treated for whiplash and minor injuries. But as Google would like to point out -- the self-driving car stopped. It was the car behind it that "slammed into the back of us at 17 mph --  and it hadn't braked at all."

According to Google, the reason its self-driving cars are getting into crashes is ... us. Humans. You know, the ones who are doing things like texting and driving.

Since 2009, Google's cars have been involved in 14 crashes. In 11 of those crashes, the car was rear-ended. Google says other drivers were the cause of all of those incidents.

"In 1885, Carl Benz invented the automobile. Later that year he took it out for the first public test drive and, true story, crashed into a wall. For the last 130 years we've been working around that least reliable part of the car, the driver," said Chris Urmson, the head of Google's driverless car program.

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Google blames humans for self-driving car crashes -- again
Google's self-driving Lexus car drives along street during a demonstration at Google campus on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
In this May 13, 2015 photo, Google's new self-driving prototype car is presented during a demonstration at the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. The car, which needs no gas pedal or steering wheel, will make its debut on public roads this summer. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
People exit Daimler's Freightliner Inspiration self-driving truck after a demonstration Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Las Vegas. Although much attention has been paid to autonomous vehicles being developed by Google and traditional car companies, Daimler believes that automated tractor-trailers will be rolling along highways before self-driving cars are cruising around the suburbs. (AP Photo/John Locher)
In this photo taken Wednesday, May 14, 2014, a camera is shown inside a Google self-driving car on exhibit at 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)
Some of the computer equipment that is used for autonomous operation is seen in a storage area in this Cadillac SRX that was modified by Carnegie Mellon University as it is parked in a lot in Cranberry, Pa., Butler County, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, and Barry Schoch, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, then rode in the self-driven car that went along local roads and highways operated by a computer that used inputs from radars, laser rangefinders, and infrared cameras as it made a 33-mile trip to the Pittsburgh International Airport. A Carnegie Mellon engineer was in the driver's seat as a safety precaution. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Graphic shows some details on the Freightliner’s first autopilot driverless truck; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;
This handout photo provided by the US Secret Service appears to be a Parrot BeBop drone, seen in Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 14, 2015. The U.S. Secret Service apprehended a man who was flying the small drone Thursday afternoon in a park outside the White House. (US Secret Service via AP)
File - In this Oct. 15, 2014, file photo, a drone called the RMAX, a remotely piloted helicopter, sprays water over grapevines during a demonstration of it's aerial application capabilities at the University of California, Davis' Oakville Station test vineyard in Oakville, Calif. The drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, University of North Dakota aviation student Logan Lass lifts a lightweight drone used in training at the school's unmanned aircraft program in Grand Forks, N.D. Construction is schedule to begin in May 2015 for the nation’s first unmanned aircraft business park, called Grand Sky, to be located at nearby Grand Forks Air Force Base. It will have access to talent at the base, the UND aerospace school and a nearby technical school. The 1.2 million-square-foot park will have space for hangars, offices, shops, laboratories and data centers. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack, File)
In this photo taken Thursday, March 19, 2015, a six-bladed drone casts a shadow on a heavily looted 5,000-year-old cemetery, known as Fifa, in southern Jordan. At the sprawling Bronze Age site, archaeologists have developed a unique way of peering into the murky world of antiquities looting: With aerial photographs taken by the drone, researchers are mapping exactly where and roughly when new tombs were robbed. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)
Romeo Durscher, director of education for drone-maker DJI, flies one of his company's products Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Davenport , Calif. Top drone-makers, along with investors, regulators and inventors, are gathering in one of the most popular regions for outdoor activity in the U.S., California’s Central Coast, to show off their devices, hear about new uses for airborne robots, and hit the waves and trails at the Drones Data X Conference in Santa Cruz, Calif., from May 1 to 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
This handout photo provided by the US Secret Service shows the drone that crashed onto the White House grounds in Washington, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response and raising fresh questions about security at the presidential mansion. A man later came forward to say he was responsible and didn't mean to fly it over the complex. The man contacted the Secret Service after reports of the crash spread in the media, a U.S. official said. The man told the agency that he had been flying the drone recreationally. The man is a Washington resident and is cooperating with investigators. (AP Photo/US Secret Service)
In this Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, photo, Decatur Self Storage's array of solar cells are installed on the flat roof of the building as they capture solar energy and convert it to electrical energy for the storage facility, in in Decatur, Ga. Owner Mike Easterwood also returns excess electricity to the Georgia Power Company electrical grid in exchange for a reduced monthly power rate. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
KNUTSFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: A youth poses as he rides a hoverboard, which are also known as self-balancing scooters and balance boards, on October 13, 2015 in Knutsford, England. The British Crown Prosecution Service have declared that the devices are illegal as they are are too unsafe to ride on the road, and too dangerous to ride on the pavement. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
In this Oct. 30, 2014 photo, Arx Pax engineer Garrett Foshay stands over a Hendo Hoverboard in Los Gatos, Calif. Skateboarding is going airborne this fall with the launch of the first real commercially marketed hoverboard which uses magnetics to float about an inch off the ground. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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But even though the head of Google's driverless car program says that humans are the safety problem ...

Safety is actually the main reason people wouldn't want a driverless car, according to a recent study.

SurveyMonkey and the University of Michigan found just 15.6 percent of respondents said they would prefer a fully autonomous car, compared to 40.6 percent who want a partially autonomous vehicle and 43.8 percent who said they have no interest in autonomous vehicles.

So companies making self-driving cars have their work cut out for them. They have to convince humans that humans are actually the problem.

Which is why Chris Urmson, the same guy from the TED talk, wrote about the crashes on Medium: "Our self-driving cars can pay attention to hundreds of objects at once ... and they never get tired, irritable or distracted. ... The clear theme is human error and inattention."

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