Watch Google's self-driving car hit a bus

Technically Incorrect: A new video captures the moment when an autonomous Google car smacks into the side of a public bus. The bus driver is a bit surprised.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


"What the hell was that?"

Via Associated Press / Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Google's self-driving cars aren't perfect.

Well, actually they are. It's human beings who are imperfect. They make mercurial decisions. They don't follow rules slavishly.

Humans are, in fact, a threat to the system.

This was proved on February 14 when a Google self-driving car sideswiped a bus. Now video of the accident has been obtained by the Associated Press.

The video doesn't show too much of the impact -- you can spot Google's white car on the right side of the bus -- but what's more entertaining is the reaction of the bus driver.

He seems rather taken aback that someone would smack into him in these circumstances. The accident report filed by Google said that the bus was going around 15 mph and the Google car a mere 2 mph.

Google took some responsibility for the accident.

The test driver "believed the bus would stop or slow" to let the car to merge into traffic, Google said in the accident report.

It's fascinating that even autonomous vehicles might be governed by beliefs.

Indeed, Google has already admitted that one of the biggest issues for its self-driving program is learning to think more like a human.

Many tech insiders, such as Elon Musk, predict that human driving will be outlawed in 20 years, but these computers still have a lot to learn.

We humans have this thing called instinct. We can simply feel when another car is wandering into our lane. We can feel when the car in front of us is looking for parking.

And we definitely feel, at least on occasion, that driving is a lot of fun.

How sad that the machinists want to take that away from us. For the(ir) greater good.

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