Technology
We’re building a safer driver that is always alert and never distracted.
Our fully self-driving technology will handle all the driving so you can go from door to door without taking the wheel. This will deliver the biggest impact on improving road safety and mobility for everyone.
How it works
Our vehicles have sensors and software that are designed to detect pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles, road work and more from a distance of up to two football fields away in all directions.
In the following situation, our vehicle is about to drive straight across an intersection with many other road users nearby, including a cyclist up ahead.
Our sensors observe that the cyclist has extended their left arm. Detecting the cyclist's hand signal, our software predicts that the cyclist will move to the left side of the lane.
Our software plans for our vehicle to slow down and make room for the cyclist to pass safely and comfortably ahead of us.
Our sensors and software detect and predict the behavior of not only the cyclist, but of all the road users around us. We rely on 2 million miles of real world experience to teach our cars to navigate safely and comfortably through everyday traffic.
Navigating real roads
Every day, our cars drive safely through many complex scenarios on real city streets.
Why this matters
Driving is not as safe or easy as it should be. Our goal is to build a safer driver, and we believe our fully self-driving technology could make it easier and safer for everyone to get around.
The world around us
1.25 million
deaths worldwide due to vehicle crashes in 2014
32,675
deaths in the United States due to vehicle crashes in 2014
6%
increase in traffic fatalities in 2016, reaching the highest point in nearly a decade
There’s a clear theme to the vast majority of these incidents: human error and inattention.
94%
of crashes involve human choice or error in the US.
U.S. fatalities associated with human choice or error (2014)
9,262 Speeding
9,967 Alcohol
3,179 Distraction
846 Drowsiness