Waymo's self-driving vehicles reach 10 million miles driven on public roads

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On Oct. 10, Waymo announced that its self-driving vehicles surpassed 10 million miles driven on public roads.

Waymo’s vehicles have driven in 25 cities in states such as California, Arizona and Michigan, providing a variety of conditions to test the company’s technology in.

“When it comes to driving, experience is the best teacher, and that experience is even more valuable when it’s varied and challenging,” says Waymo’s CEO John Krafcik in a company blog post.

Krafcik says that the company's progress on public roads is a result of Waymo’s “deep investment” in simulation. By the end of this month, Waymo is expected to cross seven billion miles driven—10 million miles every single day—in its virtual world.

Simulation offers Waymo a variety of benefits, Krafcik says, as it allows the company to recreate any encounter that it has on the road, and make situations even more challenging through “fuzzing.” Additionally, Waymo can test new skills, refine existing ones, and practice extremely rare encounters, as it constantly challenges, verifies and validates its software.

“We can learn exponentially through this combination of driving on public roads and simulation,” Krafcik says.

For Krafcik, crossing 10 million miles driven on public roads is exciting, but he’s just as excited for what the next 10 million miles will offer.

“While we’ve made great strides thanks to these 10 million miles, the next 10 million will focus on turning our advanced technology into a service that people will use and love,” Krafcik says.

“Building the world’s most experienced driver is a mission we’ll pursue for millions of miles to come, from 10 to 100 million and beyond.”