Google has reported that its self-driving cars traveled nearly 30,000 miles without any recorded accidents.
The search giant’s driverless cars project began last year to push technological limits by introducing self-driving cars for real world usage.
While Google said its prototype vehicles fare well to avoid daily risks, the company has much tests to do before they go into mass production.
“To provide the best experience we can, we’ll need to master snow-covered roadways, interpret temporary construction signals and handle other tricky situations that many drivers encounter,” explained Chris Urmson, lead engineer of Google’s self-driving cars project, in the company’s official blog.
Urmson added that Google will start to allow one test driver per car, rather than the previous buddy system. However, he clarifies the ability to regain control of the wheel still has superior power and influence during its trial runs.
He said, “One day we hope this capability will enable people to be more productive in their cars. For now, our team members will remain in the driver’s seats and will take back control if needed.”
Despite its claims of accident-free trials, one of Google’s driverless cars was involved in one accident in August last year, which caused a five-car collision.
The company, however, immediately clarified that this mishap was due to human error, simply saying that the self-driving car was not in autopilot during the smash-up. In other words, Google believes that computers are more terrific at driving than human beings.
Source: Official Google Blog