Waymo’s Self-Driving Cars Perform Better Than BMW, GM, Ford, Tesla’s

Thu, Feb 2, 2017 1,717

Most people undoubtedly have been told at some point “practice makes perfect.” Apparently, however, Waymo is the only autonomous driving company that taking the phrase to heart.

Waymo’s test cars covered several hundred thousand miles more than any other company’s between December 2015 and November 2015, and required less autonomous vehicle driver disengagement, according to Automotive News.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday released its second annual report of the number of times each automakers’ autonomous test vehicles required human intervention. Over 635,867.9 miles, drivers reportedly had to take over control of Waymo’s cars an average of 0.0002 times per mile, down from 0.0008 times per mile in 2015.

“We’ve been able to make dramatic improvements to our technology because we use each of these disengages to teach and refine our car,” Dmitri Dolgov, Waymo’s head of self-driving technology, said in a statement.

Data from BMW, General Motors, Ford, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz and Tesla, as well as suppliers Robert Bosch and Delphi Automotive, also was included on the Califonia DMV’s report. For perspective, GM was second to Waymo in terms of miles driven with 10,015, and Ford had the next-best rate of human intervention, 0.005 per mile, via Automotive News.

What might surprise many is the alarmingly high rate of intervention for Tesla’s four test cars. Over 550 miles, the vehicles’ systems had to be disengaged 182 times, an average of 0.33 per mile.

Thumbnail photo via Waymo