Google's self-driving car project Waymo has achieved a milestone of 4 million miles recently. The cars have been present on public roads since the year 2009. To commemorate their latest achievement, the company has posted on its blog that it would take an average American around 300 years to cover the same number of miles. The brand further adds that it takes a good amount of time to test self-driving cars and people are more likely to trust them as the number of reported crashes goes down. Waymo had earlier been testing cars around Google's California headquarters and now the testing has begun on several other locations. These include the Golden state California and multiple sites in Arizona, Texas and Washington state.
The test fleet of Waymo includes cars like Lexus RX 450h and Toyota Prius. These are accompanied by small electric cars that have been designed completely in-house under the Google Waymo project. At present, the company is extensively testing its Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans. The brand has a dedicated testing facility that is spread across an area of 91 acres. The company believes that the testing of self-driving cars should be done away with on public roads, where the engineers can control the environment of the test.
Google's Waymo has indeed come a long way in a period of eight years but it still has more miles to go. It is only in recent times that the company is testing pure self-driving cars in which there is no human behind the steering wheel. It will still take a good amount of time for the company to convince people and potential buyers that the technology can be trusted upon and the future is safe with such kind of automated machinery. For that, Google Waymo will have to prove a large fleet of cars going without a crash in the long run.