With more than a dozen self-driven cars on the road at any given time, Google has completed more than 300,000 miles of testing and these self-driving cars have covered a wide range of traffic conditions, without a single accident.
“We’re encouraged by this progress, but there’s still a long road ahead. To provide the best experience we can, we’ll need to master snow-covered roadways, interpret temporary construction signals and handle other tricky situations that many drivers encounter. As a next step, members of the self-driving car team will soon start using the cars solo (rather than in pairs), for things like commuting to work. This is an important milestone, as it brings this technology one step closer to every commuter. One day we hope this capability will enable people to be more productive in their cars. For now, our team members will remain in the driver’s seats and will take back control if needed,” said Chris Urmson, Engineering Lead of Google.
While commuting, these members will be testing Google algorithms on a new type of vehicle to be added to the self-driving car family in the next few months to help Google refine the systems in different environments and on different terrain: the Lexus RX450h.
“With each breakthrough we feel more optimistic about delivering this technology to people and dramatically improving their driving experience. We’ll see you on the road!” writes Chris Urmson, Engineering Lead of Google.