We’re determined to improve transportation for people around the world, building on software and sensor technology developed in Google’s labs since 2009. In October 2015, we achieved the world’s first fully self-driving trip on public roads, in a car without a steering wheel or pedals. We refine Waymo technology through 1 billion miles of simulation testing each year, and our cars have self-driven more than 3 million miles on public roads across four U.S. cities. We most recently launched the first public trial of our self-driving vehicles, where we’re turning our focus to users. Learn more about the early rider program.
Our goal is to transform mobility by making it easy and safe for people and things to move around. We’re committed to developing fully self-driving cars because we believe that this is safer and better for the millions of people who cannot drive.
Driver assistance could include technology like adaptive cruise control or automated parking. With some driver assistance systems, there may be moments when the car is capable of self-driving, but it could also back out of this mode in certain situations and the driver is expected to take over as needed. This type of technology falls between function-specific automation and limited self-driving automation by NHTSA’s classification.
Our cars are currently out on the streets of Mountain View, CA; Austin, TX; Kirkland, WA; and Metro Phoenix, AZ with test drivers on board. We’ve self-driven over 3 million miles, largely on complex city streets. That's on top of 1 billion simulated miles we drove in 2016 alone.
Our vehicles use their sensors and software to detect other roadway users, such as motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians, as well as objects like vehicles and road work, from up to two football fields away in all directions. Every day, our cars drive safely through many complex scenarios on real city streets. We can adjust to unexpected changes like closed lanes or respond to complex cues at a railroad crossing. We’ve also taught our vehicles to drive defensively, so they try to stay out of blind spots and nudge away from large vehicles. Learn more.
With the latest public trial of our self-driving cars, we’re turning our focus to users. With feedback from the public, we’ll be able to refine product features and uses that are unique to a fully self-driving car, such as how people communicate with and use our vehicles, the in-car experience, and the types of places people want to go. Learn more about the early rider program.
We are unable to accommodate other requests for demonstration rides or volunteer testers at the moment. However, we're working everyday towards bringing self-driving cars to more people. To stay updated on our progress, please follow our blog and Twitter.
If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and would like to see our self-driving car up close, please visit the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA to view their exhibit, “Where To? A History of Autonomous Vehicles.” You’ll be able to learn more about self-driving technology and even sit inside one of our vehicles.