Last month, a vehicle rear-ended one of Google’s self-driving cars at a Mountain View intersection. No one was hurt, but Google didn’t exactly broadcast the news to the public. Now, anyone will be able to download monthly reports about where the cars are and what they’re doing, thanks to a new transparency initiative from Google.
The call for Google to make consistent, detailed public reports about its autonomous vehicles has reverberated loudly in the last few weeks, including a persuasive plea by our colleagues at Jalopnik. After some high-profile crashes were reported by the Associated Press, Google’s Chris Urmson wrote an essay on Medium that shared some data and findings—but not all.