Google’s autonomous vehicle prototypes have improved. The self-driving cars managed to log approximately 600,000 miles last year when they were tested on California’s public roads. Based on the data provided by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, Tesla reported testing its autonomous cars for only 550 miles on public roads since October 2016.
California requires car makers and suppliers who are currently testing their electric vehicles on public roads to present the number of miles traveled in a self-driving mode as well as the number of times when the autonomous system was deactivated. California officials need to know in what situations and how many times humans were required to take control of the vehicle, in situations like weather, road or traffic situation.
Elon Musk, the Chief Executive of Tesla, pointed out that his company is bound to install new software and hardware to power completely autonomous driving in Tesla cars by the end of this year. All four autonomous vehicles designed by Tesla compiled about 550 miles where the need of a human driver was required every 3.5 miles.
Waymo, the former Google auto unit, operated sixty self-driving cars in 2016 on California public roads. The number of miles traveled increased by 50%. What is more, the number of self-driving failures reduced by 75%. This meant that human intervention was needed once at every five thousand miles.
Mike Ramsey, a Gartner analyst, stated that these records are a palpable proof showing Waymo’s supremacy when compared to other self-driving car makers regarding execution of autonomous system and testing. California reporting requirement does not account for the activities enabled by automakers when testing their vehicle prototypes on private roads from different states.
General Motors Co together with its Cruise Automation associate managed to log approximately 10,000 miles in autonomous vehicle prototypes on California public roads. Cruise has tested some self-driving vehicles including 20 Chevrolet Bolts. The number of human interventions dropped as miles traveled increased during the latter half of the years. A single disengagement was registered every fifty miles.
Nissan Motor Co also tested some electric cars with self-driving systems, including two Infiniti Q50 Sedans and three Leafs. The company managed to log four thousand miles, where a self-driving system failure occurred every 150 miles.
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