Ever since Google’s self-driving cars were allowed on public roads, its test drivers were forced to take control of these vehicles a whopping 350 times. In 69 of those disengagements, their test drivers took control of the vehicles on their own accord.
According to a report, Google filed with the California Motor Regulator; the final 13 disengagements were termed as “simulated crashes”. Google believed the vehicles would have crashed were it not for its human drivers’ intervention.
The report further revealed Google experienced 272 failures between September 2014 and November 2015. Its autonomous vehicles had travelled more than 1.3 million miles during the 14 months. The company is also testing its fleet of modified Lexus and bubble-shaped self-driving vehicles near its Silicon Valley headquarters.
“Though we cannot declare that our self-driving vehicles are safer than human drivers on public roads, we’re glad to be making progress. And soon, we’ll allow members of the public to test our vehicles,” said Chris Urmson, the director of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project.
According to Urmson, the disengagements played an integral part in improving the driving software. “Our goal is to improve our technique without the need of human intervention. Our simulators will ensure our autos are ready for all eventualities”.
Mr Urmson further stated that Google’s self-driving cars would cut back highway deaths by eliminating human error. “This is the reason why a lot of people are enthusiastic about driverless cars“.
In other news, Google has created a digital computing division to compete with a number of corporations that launched VR headsets this year.
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