Google boasts that its autonomous vehicles are getting better and better. To confirm these words, he publishes several statistics on this technology that show how their security has increased over the past few years.
Last year, Google made some changes to the design of autonomous vehicles. The biggest one was taking this technology from Google X labs and moving them to a new company called Waymo, which is now developing them.
Dmitri Dolgov, head of the new branch, praised just how much new technology has been refined over the years. On the official Wayamo blog, a report from the California Department of Motor Vehicles revealed that the number of driver interventions has dropped significantly over the past two years.
In 2015, the percentage of such interventions was 0.8 per each 1,600 km traveled. Thanks to the efforts of engineers, a year later the percentage was already 0.2. To add here are the moments when the traffic control computers were not able to cope with a particular situation and then the man had to take control of the vehicle.
In 2016, Wayamo vehicles crossed the California roads totaling 1 023 330 km and is a half way up compared to 2015. On the other hand, since the start of work, autonomous vehicles have already overcome the distance of 3.7 million km, most of the drive was on urban and suburban roads. During this period, the number of driver interventions was only 124 compared to the 341 interventions that occurred in 2015.