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From Electrek: Waymo’s self-driving cars needed far fewer safety-related disengages in 2016

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    Waymo’s self-driving cars needed far fewer safety-related disengages in 2016

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    The California Department of Motor Vehicles published its Autonomous Vehicle Disengagement Reports for 2016 today, which include statistics on disengagements for all of the companies currently testing self-driving cars in the Golden State. Importantly, Alphabet’s Waymo reported far fewer safety-related disengages and far more miles driven in 2016 compared to 2015, signaling that the company’s system is — as it should — continually getting safer…

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    "Disengagements per thousand miles" seems like as good a metric as any other to compare autonomous systems. As expected, Waymo (Google) has a huge lead over Tesla and everybody else. It will be fun to watch how quickly Tesla catches up to them.
     
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      The truth is that we don't know what company has the most sensitive safety system. Tesla's conditions for disengagement could be totally dissimilar from Waymo or not.
       
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        Disengagements will happen for one of two reasons.
        1. The computer doesn't know how to handle a situation, and disengages.
        2. The human doesn't trust the computer to handle a situation, and disengages.
        Level 5 autonomy is reached when #1 never happens and humans trust it enough that #2 never happens.

        Waymo is down to 0.2 disengages per thousand miles.
        Tesla is at 305 disengages per thousand miles (168 in 550 total miles).

        But remember, Waymo has been working on this since 2009. Tesla started working on full autonomy four months ago. They're going to catch up quickly. They have a LOT more data thanks to including autopilot hardware in every car.

        But make no mistake, Waymo has a commanding lead at this point, and I hope they're able to actually do something with the technology to make it available for purchase. Competition would be good. :cool:
         
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          It was pointed out on Electrek that the promo video seemed to be one continuous trip for the most part. Chances are the 500 miles were just to teach the new system the general area which if thats the case is very impressive. I'm excited to see what the new hardware can do with the miles its racking up now.
           
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