Great! Google’s Self-Driving Cars are 27% Less Likely to Crash than those with Human Drivers

Great! Google’s Self-Driving Cars are 27% Less Likely to Crash than those with Human Drivers

Another best example of the great advancement in the field of science and technology is crash less cars designed by Google. But, the best part regarding these cars is that they often crash less than other cars being driven by humans. As per a study released Friday by the Virginia TechTransportation Institute, Google’s self-driving cars are involved in few crashes on average compared to vehicles with a driver behind the wheel. The study reported higher crash rates for conventional vehicles at all severity levels compared to crash rates of the cars run by human drivers. Overall, the study states that Google’s self-driving cars are 27% less likely to crash over an extended period of time.

The study commissioned by Alphabet Inc's Google unit, looked only at Google's fleet of more than 50 self-driving cars, which has logged 1.3 million miles in Texas and California in self-driving mode. Over the last six years, the test fleet has reported 17 crashes amongst which none took place due to the fault of the self-driving cars. On the other hand, it has been estimated that the cars with drivers behind the wheel are involved in 4.2 crashes per million miles, versus 3.2 crashes per million miles for self-driving cars in autonomous mode. A 2015 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found about 60% of property-damage-only crashes and 24% of all injury crashes are not reported to the police.

Johnny Luu, Google’s spokesman, said the Virginia Tech has been asked to develop a robust methodology to be able to make meaningful comparison between regular cars on the road and autonomous cars. In October, a study released by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute compared crash rates among Google, Delphi and Audi self-driving cars in 2013 and found they had a higher rate than for conventional cars. In December, California proposed state regulations that would require all autonomous cars to have a steering wheel, throttle and brake pedals when operating on California’s public roads.

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