Google, Delphi self-driving cars in 'near miss'

Occurred: June 2015

A self-driving Delphi (now Aptive) car had to avoid a Google self-driving car that it had cut it off on a road in California, raising questions about the safety of autonomous vehicles.

Delphi Silicon Valley Lab director John Absmeier told Reuters that Google's Lexus RX400h had cut off Delphi's Audi Q5 SUV and that Delphi's prototype car 'took appropriate action' to avoid a collision with Google's vehicle.

The incident had initially been called a 'close call' by Reuters; Delphi later accused the news agency of misrepresenting the facts.

Operator: Alphabet/Google/Waymo; Aptive/Delphi
Developer: Alphabet/Google/Waymo; Aptive/Delphi
Country: USA
Sector: Automotive
Purpose: Automate steering, acceleration, braking
Technology: Self-driving system
Issue: Safety; Accuracy/reliability
Transparency: Governance; Marketing

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Type: Incident
Published: July 2023