Google Car Crashes Into Bus, Flees, Hits Another Bus

Google says it's working with authorities to address the issue

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 13, 2013 1:13 PM CDT | Updated Sep 15, 2013 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – It's always a good idea to stop after you get in a car accident, but it's an especially good idea if a) your car is bedecked with colorful Google images, identifiable logos, and a huge camera tower, and/or b) you're a horrible driver. Both of these things were allegedly true for whoever was manning Google's Street View car in Bogor, Indonesia, Thursday. The car rammed into a bus, and the driver, panicked, decided to drive away—whereupon he immediately collided with a second bus, followed by a truck, the BBC reports.

It's not clear if anyone was hurt. Photos posted to an Indonesian forum show the Google car with mild damage to its front end. "We take incidents like this very seriously," a Google rep says. "We're working closely with local authorities to address the situation." (It's certainly not Google Street View's first overseas snafu, either: There was an uproar earlier this year after Street View photos made it look like one car had hit a donkey.)

A car with roof-mounted digital imaging equipment circles neighborhoods in Racine, Wis. Sept.  13, 2011.
A car with roof-mounted digital imaging equipment circles neighborhoods in Racine, Wis. Sept. 13, 2011.   (AP Photo/Journal Times, Mark Hertzberg)
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