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US Safety Agency Probes Google’s Self-Driving Cars Over Safety Concerns

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into the performance of Google’s self-driving cars, operated under the Waymo brand. This decision comes after reports of unsafe driving behavior by Google’s self-driving cars that may have violated traffic laws.

According to Reuters, the NHTSA has initiated its initial evaluation of around 444 Waymo vehicles following 22 reports of various incidents, including 17 crashes. These incidents involve both collisions and unsafe driving behavior, such as hitting stationary and semi-stationary objects, driving in the wrong lane, and entering construction zones.

Waymo has provided its safety and performance record accumulated over tens of millions of kilometers driven by its self-driving cars and has reiterated its strong commitment to safety transparency. The company has stated that it will continue to cooperate with the NHTSA.

The investigation into Google’s self-driving car crashes is the NHTSA’s first step in scrutinizing the performance of these vehicles. The agency will assess Waymo’s self-driving system’s ability to detect and respond to traffic signs and avoid collisions with stationary and semi-stationary objects and vehicles.

Currently, Waymo provides services to over 50,000 passengers in some of the most challenging and complex urban environments.

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