Google's cars just made a step-change in safety

Google's cars just made a step-change in safety

Home / News | posted on 03 02 2017

Waymo, Google's self-driving car company has reported that during testing on California highways, the number of times a human has needed to take control (disengagement) has dropped despite driving many more miles.

The company says that since 2015, its rate of safety related disengages has fallen from 0.8 per thousand miles to 0.2 per thousand miles in 2016; whilst increasing its driving by 50 percent in the state (racking up a total of 635,868 miles), the company's total number of reportable disengages fell from 341 in 2015 to 124. "This four-fold improvement reflects the significant work we've been doing to make our software and hardware more capable and mature," wrote Dmitri Dolgov, head of self-driving technology for Waymo, "and because we're creating a self-driving car that can take you from door to door, almost all our time has been spent on complex urban or suburban streets. This has given us valuable experience sharing the road safely with pedestrians and cyclists, and practicing advanced maneuvers such as making unprotected left turns and traversing multi-lane intersections".

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