You knew this was going to happen at some point. A Google automated car with that spinny thing at the top was in what looks like a minor rear ending incident near Google HQ in Mountainview. While it doesn’t appear that anyone was hurt (even the two Prii above), it isn’t exactly a vote of confidence for the fledgling product that Google hopes will materialize into a useful product within a decade.
Before we pass judgement based on a tipster’s photo – we’ll wait for Google’s post mortem.
Update: As we thought – human was at the wheel for this fender-bender. Google sent over this statement:
“Safety is our top priority. One of our goals is to prevent fender-benders like this one, which occurred while a person was manually driving the car.”