Originally published May 15 2015
Google forced to disclose robotic vehicles being involved in traffic accidents
by L.J. Devon, Staff Writer
(NaturalNews) You might already be aware that Google is on a mission to control what you read on the internet. After all, their popular search engine displays the search results that officials want you to hear. However, it doesn't stop there; they are actually mapping out your entire life using dragnet surveillance and computer applications that track and monitor your whereabouts. By sharing this information with government agencies, Google keeps the general population not only misinformed but also monitored like rats in a caged society.
The latest Google project shrouded in secrecy is their robotic self-driving vehicle. Right now, Google's self-driving cars are being tested on the highways and byways of California, Michigan, Florida and Nevada. According to new company disclosures, it turns out these robotic cars aren't very reliable at all.
Google won't only be directing internet traffic by controlling searches and advertisements, but they'll also be controlling the streets. Google's new vehicles take the driver out of the driver's seat and put modern technology in control. In the end, everyone's lives will be at the mercy of a technocratic society.
A glitch in the system could cause unintentional accidents, and there is also the possibility that Google's robotically-controlled cars could be hacked. If someone really wanted another dead, these cars could be used as a vehicle to get the job done. Moreover, Google already shares information with government agencies, so their robotic cars of the future could be used as tools to get rid of anyone deemed a "domestic terrorist."
First self-driving Google cars involved in 11 accidents In any event, the first road tests for these cars aren't turning out so great. In fact, Google recently reported to the Associated Press that their self-driving cars had been tested for 1 million miles over the past six years and that 11 accidents have occurred during that time span.
As of September 2014, California law requires that permits for road tests require a vehicle collision report. Google has reported three collisions from its self-driving cars since the law took effect.
Google's Chris Urmson reports that, "Not once was the self-driving car the cause of the accident." The company also reports that the 11 accidents have only warranted "light damage, no injuries."
However, the nature of the 11 accidents has not been revealed and safety questions have not been answered. The California Department of Motor Vehicles reports that the details cannot be cited due to confidentiality. On top of that, Google continues to hide the information on the documentation of the 11 accidents. It appears that Google is trying to boost political acceptance of the technology before the official crash reports are made available to the public.
"Assuming that you are not dead, you are in a much better position than if you had been hit by an ordinary, human-driven vehicle," assures Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who has studied issues with the vehicles.
Any honest reporting about Google car crashes is suppressed by Google's deep pocketsRight now, California law requires that the first prototypes of these self-driving cars be backed by $5 million worth of insurance. Currently, only the wealthiest are able to take the cars for a test drive. In the event of an accident, Google is poised to settle any lawsuits quickly and easily because of their deep pockets. Google has the power to suppress any honest publicity that would expose the riskiness of the self-driving cars.
Robert W. Peterson, law professor at Santa Clara University, said that laws are in place to protect the consumer. If the car "fails to behave in a way which a reasonable consumer would expect it to behave, that is a defect," Peterson said.
Google appears to be trying to minimize risk and liability in the public's eye. The cars supposedly understand their surroundings up to 100 yards away and also record and store the last 30 seconds of data before an accident occurs. This sounds promising, but who really trusts technology to be right 100 percent of the time, and for that matter, who really trusts Google any more?
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