June 26 Delphi Automotive PLC on Friday
offered a new description of an encounter on a California road
between one of its prototype self-driving cars and a
self-driving vehicle operated by Google Inc, saying
"the vehicles didn't even come close to each other."
The description differed from Delphi's original account on
Thursday, when a company official told Reuters that a Google
self-driving car on Tuesday "cut off" a Delphi self-driving car
that was beginning to make a lane change. The incident occurred
in Palo Alto, and no collision took place. The official was a
passenger in the Delphi vehicle.
To avoid the Google car, the Delphi car "took appropriate
action, as it is programmed to do," the Delphi official said on
Thursday. The vehicle's sensors recognized the presence of the
Google car, aborted its move, waited for the Google car to
finish its maneuver, then completed its own lane change, he
On Friday morning, a Delphi spokeswoman said the Delphi car
had seen the Google car move into the lane where it was planning
to go. The Delphi car detected "that the lane was no longer
open" so it "terminated" the lane change. The cars were about a
lane width apart, according to the spokeswoman.
"During a recent visit with Reuters, our Delphi expert
described an actual interaction that we encounter all the time
in real-world driving situations. In this case, it was a typical
lane change maneuver. No vehicle was cut off and the vehicles
didn't even come close to each other," the Delphi spokeswoman
said on Friday afternoon. "Both automated vehicles did exactly
what they were supposed to do."
Google, which had declined to comment on the story on
Thursday, issued a brief statement on Friday that said the "two
self-driving cars did what they were supposed to do in an
ordinary everyday driving scenario."
A Reuters spokesperson on Friday said the news agency
"stands by accuracy of its original story."
(Reporting by Paul Lienert and Joe White; Editing by Tiffany