On the Road
We test on public roads every day so we can build a safer driver.
An important part of our work is to carefully monitor how our cars—and the vehicles around us—drive on real city streets.
Meet our fleet
We have two types of vehicles on public roads, and we're working to add 100 new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to our fleet soon. For now, there are test drivers behind the wheel who provide feedback on how our cars drive to our engineering team.
Lexus RX450h vehicle
Prototype vehicle
Real world experience
We’ve expanded our testing to four different locations over the years.
We’ve self-driven more than 2 million miles mostly on city streets. That's the equivalent of over 300 years of human driving experience, considering the hours we’ve spent on the road. This builds on the 1 billion miles we’ve driven in simulation in just 2016.
The world around us
We’re not alone on public roads, so we pay careful attention to the state of driving around us. This also means keeping an eye on the unfortunate crashes and fatalities that happen every day.
1.25 million
deaths worldwide due to vehicle crashes in 2014
deaths in the United States due to vehicle crashes in 2014
increase in traffic fatalities in 2016, reaching the highest point in nearly a decade
There’s a clear theme to the vast majority of these incidents: human error and inattention.
of crashes involve human choice or error in the US.
U.S. Fatalities Associated With Human Choice or Error (2014)
9,262 Speeding
9,967 Alcohol
3,179 Distraction
846 Drowsiness
Your feedback matters

We test on public roads not only to improve our technology, but also to hear from community members and to improve the way we drive in real neighborhoods.

If you live in Mountain View, Austin, Kirkland or Metro Phoenix, please contact us with any comments on how we drive, or how you'd like to use self-driving cars one day.