State reports show that robot cars aren’t ready for public roads
Company tests reveal cars can go from less than a mile to over 16,000 miles before human intervention needed
An earlier version of the release misstated the rate of disengagements for Mercedes. The correct number is bolded below.
February 13, 2019 -- Los Angeles — New reports required by the California Department of Motor Vehicles from companies testing robot cars on the state’s public roads show the technology is not ready to operate without a human who can take control of the car, Consumer Watchdog said today. The disengagement reports reveal how many times a human driver had to take control of the robot car during testing on public roads. Companies such as Uber needed human intervention at least once per every mile driven, but Waymo and Cruise were able to drive thousands of miles before intervention was needed.
“Despite all of the hype and promises, these reports show that robot cars aren’t safe without human drivers ready to take over” said Adam Scow, Senior Advocate for Consumer Watchdog. “While some companies are gradually improving, others are crawling out of the gates. Much more testing and improvement is needed before regulators can consider approving driverless cars for our roads.”
In 2018 robot cars were driven and tested for over 2 million miles on...