Waymo Zooms Ahead in California Autonomous Vehicle Testing

This article first appeared on the BNEF mobile app and the Bloomberg Terminal.

  • Unit of Alphabet accounts for 85% of reported miles driven
  • GM increased testing more than 10-fold from 2016 to 2017

Autonomous miles driven on public roads in California 

Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance, California Department of Motor Vehicles. Note: Data through November 30, 2017. 

Alphabet – via Waymo – accounts for over 85% of the autonomous miles driven on public roads in California from the start of 2014 through Nov. 30, 2017. Over this period, Waymo reported almost 1.5 million miles of public road testing to the California Department of Motors Vehicles. The 15 other companies that also reported data over this period completed only 210,000 miles, though competition is intensifying. General Motors increased its annual public road testing from 12,000 miles in 2016 to nearly 130,000 in 2017, and large technology companies like Baidu and NVIDIA began public road testing. Public road testing is critical to autonomous vehicle development.

BNEF clients can see the full report, “Alphabet Has Waymo Autonomous Vehicle Testing Experience Than Peers”, on the Terminal or on web.

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