Safety is at the heart of everything we do
At Waymo, we are as rigorous and innovative in our safety practices as we are with our technology. We’ve built a comprehensive safety program to guide our testing and development of fully autonomous driving technology.
Because Safety is UrgentTM
Autonomous Driving Technology Can Save Lives and Improve Mobility
deaths worldwide due to vehicle crashes in 2016
deaths in the U.S. in 2018 and 2.7 million injuries
in harm from loss of life and injury each year
Injuries worldwide due to vehicle crashes each year
of seniors age 65 and older live in car-dependent communities.
people 40 years and over in the United States have vision impairment.
The World’s Most Experienced DriverTM
of autonomous driving in more than 10 states
of autonomously driven vehicles
of miles in simulation
of miles on public roads
March 22, 2023
Building a Credible Case for Safety: Waymo’s Approach for the Determination of Absence of Unreasonable RiskWaymo’s approach to building a reliable case for safety that can serve as a toolkit that any AV developer can use to inform their own safety case.
February 28, 2023
Safety Performance of the Waymo Rider-Only Automated Driving System at One Million MilesAn assessment of all contact events experienced by the Waymo Driver during its first 1M miles without a human behind the wheel supporting that the Waymo Driver is successful at reducing injuries and fatalities.
September 29, 2022
Collision Avoidance Effectiveness of an Automated Driving System Using a Human Driver Behavior Reference Model in Reconstructed Fatal CollisionsA study examining how well the Waymo Driver avoids collisions by using a human behavior reference model — the response time and evasive action of a human driver that is non-impaired, with eyes always on the conflict (NIEON).
November 10, 2021
Simulated Driving Behavior in Reconstructed Fatal Crashes within an Autonomous Vehicle Operating DomainA study that explores the safety of the Waymo Driver using simulated versions of real-world events. Our latest paper looks at data on fatal crashes that occured within our operating domain in Chandler, Arizona between 2008 - 2017.