Waymo is now operating in fully autonomous mode. WOW! 😀 (at least a few of them)
What exactly that means? To date, Waymo vehicles have been operating on public roads with a human test driver at the wheel.
Now, in an area of the Phoenix metro region, a subset of their fleet will operate in fully autonomous mode, without a human driver and only Waymo Driver(their system) behind the wheel.
That is a big step towards a society with self-driving car.
One of the reasons to belief that their fleet is ready for this driverless tests is that according to other recent news from Waymo, their Self-Driving system (also called Waymo) recently reached the mark of 4 million miles(roughly 6,4 million Kilometers), that’s right, 4 MILLION MILES driven in the real world. It’s like driving at 60 mph for almost 8 years without stopping or as their said, almost 300 years for an average American driver to complete.
The most interesting about their news is the rate of the growth. For the first million it took about 18 months and for the last it took only 6 months.
Besides the real world testing, they have done 2.5 billion of miles in their simulated world in the last year alone. They continue doing around 8 million miles daily.
Hope you liked it 😀