Waymo has published a report analyzing collisions involving their self-driving vehicles. The data was collected during more than 6 million miles of driving and includes 18 actual collisions as well as 29 simulated collisions.
The Waymo team presented a summary of the report in a recent blog post. The report covers calendar year 2019 and the first nine months of 2020 and was collected from vehicles with a trained backup operator as well as fully-autonomous vehicles. In addition to 18 actual “real world” collisions, Waymo also analyzed situations where a human operator took control of a vehicle. By simulating a “what if” scenario in which no human intervened, Waymo identified 29 events that would have likely resulted in a collision.