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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Waymo Passes One Million Milestone

Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car unit, said it has exceeded one million miles on public roads with no human behind the wheel.  Waymo said these miles were driven across multiple U.S. cities, including the densest parts of San Francisco and Phoenix, where it is now serving riders around the clock. 

During these first one million miles, Waymo said there were no reported injuries, and only two collisions that met the criteria for inclusion in NHTSA’s database for car crashes, called Crash Investigation Sampling System.  In the more severe of the two collisions, a Waymo vehicle was hit from behind by another car whose driver was looking at their cell phone while approaching a red light.

Waymo said none of the collisions or contact events happened at intersections, where most injury-causing and fatal collisions usually take place, nor involved vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

"The results we’ve shared today, in combination with our previously reported data, fatal crash reconstruction, and collision avoidance testing studies, underscore the Waymo Driver’s ability to reduce injuries and fatalities on the road," Waymo said.  Source: Waymo statement