Autonomous vehicles from Delphi and Google had a close call while recently traveling the roads in Palo Alto, according to Delphi.
John Absmeier, director of the Delphi automated driving program, was a passenger in the self-driving Audi Q5 crossover vehicle. While Google declined comment, Absmeier said the Lexus RX400h Google self-driving prototype cut off the Audi as it was preparing to change lanes - and Delphi's car was able to take "appropriate action" before a collision occurred.
Ironically, Delphi and Google both have offices in Mountain View, and want to develop autonomous vehicles, while both their vehicles have been involved in minor traffic accidents with the public. Meanwhile, Google is now testing its latest generation self-driving pods in the San Francisco Bay Area.