Leaked data suggests self-driving ubers have long way to go before they become as good as Waymo

Internal documents obtained by the New York Times suggest that the company’s self-driving car program is even further behind its rivals than had been publicly known.

The key statistic: prior to last Sunday’s fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona, Uber’s self-driving cars in Arizona were “struggling” to go 13 miles between interventions by a safety driver—known as a disengagement. In comparison, Waymo’s self-driving cars in California traveled 5,600 miles per disengagement in 2017, while Cruise, GM’s self-driving car subsidiary, had a disengagement once every 1,250 miles in the state. We don’t know either company’s statistics in Arizona because Arizona law doesn’t require them to be disclosed.

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