The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) originally refused to release reports related to self-driving car accidents, but the Associated Press said the DMV was improperly withholding data. Google has tested its self-driving vehicles on public roads for the past seven years, but it was only recently when the state required accident reports to be filed.
The reports indicate most of the incidents occurred when the vehicles were placed in self-driving mode, and other drivers on the road were to blame for the auto collisions. There were no reported injuries to the vehicles or drivers involved.
"After further review, DMV has determined that it is possible to release the factual information related to the autonomous vehicles reports" with drivers' personal information and other sensitive information redacted.
Self-driving vehicle technology seems to be inevitable on the public roads, with Google - and other developers - interested in showing the technology is safe.