Waymo’s autonomous cars have driven 20 million miles on public roads

Waymo today announced that its autonomous cars have driven tens of billions of miles through computer simulations and 20 million miles on public roads in 25 cities, including Novi, Michigan; Kirkland, Washington; and San Francisco. That’s up from 10 million only a year ago, which the Google sibling says illustrates its “accelerated pace of learning” as it continues to build “the world’s most experienced driver.”

The updated metric puts Waymo far ahead of rivals like Yandex and Baidu, whose cars had driven around 1 million miles as of October and July, respectively. In late 2017, the cofounder of Cruise, GM’s self-driving unit, told investors it was on the verge of putting 1 million miles on its autonomous test cars per month.