On the Road
We drive every day on public roads so we can build a safer driver.
We’ve now launched the early rider program, a public trial of our self-driving cars in Phoenix, AZ, and we also continue to test every day in three other US locations.
Diverse test locations
We've tested our self-driving vehicles across multiple locations in the US, including cities like Mountain View, CA; Austin, TX; Kirkland, WA; and Metro Phoenix, AZ. By driving every day in different types of real-world conditions, we teach our cars to navigate safely and comfortably through all sorts of situations.
Millions of miles driven
Our fleet has self-driven more than 3 million miles, mostly on city streets. It took our team just 7 months to reach our third million miles. By comparison, it took about 6 years to hit our first million. This builds on 1 billion miles we drove in simulation in 2016 alone.
Progress on real roads
While we’re working toward fully self-driving cars, we have test drivers who monitor our vehicles and can take over driving if needed—we call this a “disengage.” By the end of 2016, our rate of safety-related disengages had fallen dramatically. That was a four-time improvement in just 12 months and we’re working on bringing the numbers down even further.
Early rider program
We’re now refining the self-driving experience for our riders. We’ve launched a public trial of our vehicles in Phoenix, AZ, where our early riders can help shape the future of how Waymo’s self-driving cars work.