Welp, Something BAD Happened to Google’s Driverless Car
The future is getting closer all the time. From camera sunglasses to a smart home that can tell how you’re feeling, there are plenty of innovations that make us excited about the world going forward. But perhaps we shouldn’t rush things. We aren’t quiiiiiiiite at the future yet.
One of Google’s autonomous cars was involved in a t-bone collision on Friday. The incident has been called the worst autonomous vehicle accident yet, although nobody was injured in the crash.
According to a statement from Google, the car was driving itself through San Francisco (with somebody in the driver’s seat) when another car ran a red light and rammed into the passenger side of Google’s car. The airbags deployed and both passenger side doors caved in.
Once the Google car detected the oncoming vehicle, it immediately put on the brakes. So did the human sitting behind the driver’s wheel. However it wasn’t enough to prevent the collision. The autonomous car couldn’t drive away from the collision and had to be towed away.
The Google cars have been in crashes before, but they’re mostly minor incidents that don’t cause much damage, like rear-ending. Friday’s crash proves that, although we can be super excited about the future (and Google promises that it’s working on making the cars safer and able to react to human error on the road), we’ve still got a bit more time to wait before cars will be driving us around.
How do you feel about driverless cars? Let us know @BritandCo!
(h/t The Guardian; photo via Mark Wilson/Getty)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!