Waymo's Autonomous Fleet Surpasses the 20 Million Mile Mark
【Summary】Google’s autonomous car company took 10 years to hit the first 10 million miles, but just an additional year to hit the other 10 million, revealing just how quickly the company is racking up miles.
Waymo is arguably seen as the leader in the race to introduce real autonomous cars on public roads. Google's autonomous car company has fewer disengagements than other companies, has more real-world self-driving cars on the road, and has traveled some of the most miles with its vehicles, too. Further largening its lead, Waymo just announced that it has hit 20 million miles of public testing with its autonomous cars.
20 Million Miles And Climbing
Waymo's CEO John Krafcik confirmed the news at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas – a fitting place for the announcement. The large amount of miles comes from the high number of cities the company tests in. Currently, Waymo's vehicles are being tested in 25 cities throughout the U.S., including San Francisco, Washington, Kirkland, Novi, and Phoenix. The company recently pulled its program out of Austin, Texas to focus on other cities.
As VentureBeat points out, Waymo's new mile marker puts it well ahead of other companies testing autonomous vehicles like Yandex and Baidu, which hit the 1-million mile mark last year. If you're wondering how far behind traditional automakers car, General Motors' Cruise company stated that it was close to hitting 1 million miles back in 2017.
"To put this in perspective, 20 million miles of driving experience is the equivalent of driving 800 times around the globe, making 40 trips to the moon and back, and accumulating 1,400 years of driving experience for an average American driver," said the company in a press release. "As we drive the next 10 million miles and beyond, we'll continue to scale our fully driverless miles, grow our community of riders, and tackle new geographies and related complexities, empowered by our fifth-generation hardware suite."
Waymo's Way Ahead Of The Pack
Seeing any company pass 20 million miles is an incredible feat. But the amount of time it took Waymo to do so is even more impressive. Waymo's autonomous vehicles first hit the road in 2009 and it wasn't until 10 years later when the company hit 10 million miles. The company managed to double that amount in roughly one year.
"It took us a decade to drive the first 10 million miles but just over one year to complete these last 10 million" said Waymo in a statement.
Other companies would see 20 million miles and wonder how on earth they'll ever be able to get in the same ballpark as Waymo, but the company has probably covered billions of more miles in simulators. Still, nothing can replace real-world testing. "You need to have a lot of real world experience," Krafcik said at a dinner hosted by Fortune Magainze. "There's no way to avoid it."
Vineeth Joel Patel
Joel Patel has been covering all aspects of the automotive industry for four years as an editor and freelance writer for various websites. When it comes to cars, he enjoys covering the merger between technology and cars. In his spare time, Joel likes to watch baseball, work on his car, and try new foods
The 2021 Electric Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S Review: An EV for the Masses
Toyota, Honda Voice Opposition to Proposed Tax Credit Bill
Lucid Air Gets An EPA Estimated 520 Miles of Range
Volkswagen ID Life Concept is a Peek at an Affordable City Electric Car
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQB’s European Debut Previews U.S. Arrival
Rivian R1S, R1T Rated at Over 300 Miles by EPA
Lotus Confirms Four Electric Vehicles Are Coming, First SUV Arriving in 2022
Hyundai's Genesis Brand Planning To Go All-Electric by 2025
- Hyundai and its Autonomous Driving Partner Motional Reveal the Next-Generation IONIQ 5 Robotaxi
- J.D. Power Public Electric Charging Study Finds Tesla Comes Out on Top
- Toyota to Assembly Fuel Cell Modules in Kentucky Starting in 2023 to Support the Rollout of Hydrogen-Powered Class-8 Trucks
- EV Startup Fisker Inc. Announces a $600 Million Green Convertible Senior Notes Offering
- Porsche Unveils its 6th Generation Infotainment System with Android Auto & Voice Support
- Tesla Challenger Xpeng Launching Hong Kong Public Offering Following its U.S. IPO in 2020
- Lidar Startup Sense Photonics Announces Development Program With a Major Detroit-based OEM
- CEO, CFO of Electric Truck Startup Lordstown Motors Abruptly Resign
- Volvo’s Concept Recharge is a Blueprint For the Brand’s EV Future
- Cash-Strapped Electric Truck Startup Lordstown Motors Hires New CEO