Waymo has reached one heck of a milestone in its autonomous-vehicle development, and to celebrate, it wants to bring you along for the ride.
Waymo announced today that its fleet of self-driving vehicles has logged over 5 million autonomous miles on public roads. It noted that the first million miles took six years to reach, but this last million took only three months. The fleet’s daily mileage is equal to what the average adult drives in an entire year.
That doesn’t even count simulations, which Waymo is running constantly. In 2017, its software “drove” 2.7 billion miles. That’s roughly the distance between Earth and Neptune. Neptune.
Anyway, the Google spinoff’s seen fit to celebrate with a VR-ready video. It’ll take you for a roof-mounted ride in one of Waymo’s autonomous Chrysler Pacificas, offering up an idea of how its vehicles navigate crowded streets without smashing into everything. After that, the 360-degree video heads inside the car to give you an idea of what Waymo’s passengers will experience during its public pilot.
Waymo announced late last year that it would start a public ride-hailing program. Limited to a section of the Phoenix area for now, the company will offer regular Joes and Janes the chance to take a ride in a Level 4 self-driving vehicle. Provided public trials go well, Waymo will eventually introduce its own autonomous mobility service.