The California DMV has just released a series of reports summarizing the data on self-driving car “disengagement”. That’s the term for when a human has to take over driving from the computer in an emergency.
The California DMV gets this data as part of the self-driving car licensing process, which requires car companies to report various data to the state.
The DMV released reports for each company testing self-driving cars. According to the report on Google:
Over the course of the testing — which took place between September 2014 and December 2015 — the vehicles covered 523, 958 miles. Google’s vehicles covered the majority of that — 424,331 — and the Google’s autonomous technology handed control to the driver 272 times and a test driver felt compelled to intervene 69 times.
The days of self-driving cars are getting ever-closer, but they’re not quite there yet.
Originally published at www.davidincalifornia.com on January 13, 2016.