Google Car Goes Wrong Way on a One-Way, Crashes

Driver sideswiped other car after attempting U-turn, say cops

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 8, 2014 5:50 AM CDT | Updated Aug 8, 2014 7:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – Google Street View is probably going to have to redo Tyler Street in Little Rock: The driver of a Street View car in the Arkansas city crashed into another vehicle after going the wrong way down the one-way street, making a U-turn, then hitting a car on an adjacent street, according to a police report obtained by the Smoking Gun. The Google driver, who was seen trying to take apart the car's camera equipment after the crash, was cited for "careless prohibited driving." The crash caused an estimated $1,500 in damages to the company-owned car and $2,000 in damages to the other vehicle.

The other driver—who claims the Google driver also ran a red light—says that after the Google car "came out of nowhere" and smashed into the side of his car, the Google driver "basically said he was sorry and that he was gonna lose his job." The non-Google driver says he suffered whiplash and may miss a few weeks of work. "Something better come out of Google's pocket for this," he tells Arkansas Online. But at least the Google driver stayed at the scene: Last year, another Google Street View driver hit a bus—then hit another bus and a truck as he tried to flee.

File photo of a Google car in Racine, Wis.
File photo of a Google car in Racine, Wis.   (AP Photo/Journal Times, Mark Hertzberg)
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