Waymo’s self-driving cars needed a lot less human intervention in 2018 – Engadget

The Alphabet-owned brand added that it now has over 10 million real-world miles to date, and more than 7 billion simulated miles.

As for competitors? Like it or not, it’s not looking great. GM’s Cruise Automation was comparable to Waymo’s 2017 with an 0.19 disengagement rate, while the next-closest performances were from startups like Zoox (0.50), Nuro (0.97) and Pony.AI (0.98). It went downhill quickly after that, with big names like Apple, Baidu, Honda, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan all seeing substantially higher rates.

This doesn’t necessarily mean Waymo’s competitors are in dire straits. Some are in early development or aren’t as ambitious as Waymo, which just launched its first commercial self-driving service. There’s also a long way to go. That 0.09 rate might not sound like much, but it still means that a human had to step in once every 11,154 miles. In real life, that could still amount to quite a few confused cars. This data mainly indicates that Waymo has the most mature driver-free technology, and that it’s the best-positioned to deliver truly hands-off driving in the future.

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