A Google Street View Car Crashes, Shows Why Google Wants Driverless Tech

Google Street View Car after crash in Michigan 5 photos
Photo: Reddit user Nurse-Patches
Picture of Google Street View' Subaru ImprezaGoogle Street View Car in Orlando, Florida, United States.Google Street View Car after crash in MichiganLocation of accident on Google Maps
One of Google’s Street View cars crashed in Grand Rapids this week, and it looks like the damage is extensive.
Fortunately for us, a Reddit user was around and managed to take a photo of the car right after the accident. Thanks to the vigilance of someone nicknamed “Nurse-Patches,” we have a picture of the Street View car right after the incident, as well as a first-hand report from the scene.

It appears that the Subaru Impreza hatchback was being driven by a female member of the Google Street View Team, and that she was not injured in the accident.

While the photo of the crashed compact car is not a close-up, we cannot see if the airbags were deployed. However, it is evident that the vehicle will need a new front bumper, a radiator, a new front grille, and multiple minor bits and bobs to keep it together.

Another vehicle is not visible in the picture, so it is unclear who is responsible for the accident. It is evident that the impact happened in an intersection, which means that this Impreza t-boned another car, but the guilty party cannot be identified without viewing multiple images of both cars, along with a detailed sketch of the scene and photos of the intersection.

Another fortunate fact about this accident is that nobody was injured, and the impact is considered as a minor one by local police officers.

Even if two vehicles were damaged, it is always nice to find out that the impact injured no humans or animals. Always remember - a car or a phone can be replaced, while humans and animals cannot.

As you probably know, Google Street View cars are operated entirely by people, and they have been exempt from the company’s self-driving vehicle program.

If we look back at the program today, we cannot help but wonder what Google’s AI could have learned from the millions of miles driven by humans around the world when they were mapping the globe for Google.
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About the author: Sebastian Toma
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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