New Google Site Outlines Monthly Self-Driving Accident Reports

Jun 05, 2015 06:35 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro

In order to keep drivers and self-driving car enthusiasts more up-to-date, Google will release status reports on how its autonomous vehicles are doing.

Google will update its Self-Driving Car Project website monthly to let people know what's going on and if there have been any recent accidents involving its fleet of self-driving vehicles, according to Bloomberg.

"We've made a lot of progress with our self-driving technology over the past 6 years, and we're still learning," Google said on the Monthly reports section of the new site. "Every day we head out onto public streets so we can keep challenging and refining our software."

Earlier this week, Google co-founder Sergey Brin announced that another self-driving car was involved in a rear-end collision, bringing the total number of driving incidents involving Google cars to 12 since 2009.

Since none of the self-driving cars were at fault in the accidents, Brin said during a shareholder's meeting on Wednesday that he felt there was no need to release collision reports to the public.

"I'm very proud of the record of our cars," said Brin during a shareholder's meeting. "We don't claim to be perfect, our goal is to beat human drivers."

True to their word, every accident involving a Google self-driving car can be found on the site, including one in May where a Google Lexus was hit from behind while stopped in traffic in Mountain View, California.

Google's fleet of self-driving cars have covered more than 1.7 million miles since the program began, and the tech giant is still pushing to get a production driverless car on the market within the decade.

The reports don't provide a complete picture, which could anger groups like Consumer Watchdog, but hey it's something, right?

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