At Waymo, safety is at the heart of everything we do. Our aim is to be as rigorous and innovative in our safety practices as we are with our technology. Waymo’s autonomous driving technology has driven over 20 million miles on real-world roads since 2009. In that time, we’ve built a comprehensive safety program to guide our testing and development of fully autonomous driving technology.
Waymo’s Safety Report provides an overview of our processes for the safe testing and deployment of this technology, and the work we’re doing to make it safe and easy to use.
In addition, Waymo has published two technical whitepapers that provide further insight into our safety practices. Together, these publications mark the first time any autonomous vehicle company has released details of the safety methodologies that govern the development, testing, deployment and operations of its autonomous driving technology.
Waymo’s Safety Methodologies and Safety Readiness Determinations includes details of our Safety Framework – the careful and multilayered approach to safety that has made it possible for Waymo to deploy fully autonomous driving technology on public roads.
Waymo’s Public Road Safety Performance Data whitepaper includes details about the miles we’ve driven on public roads in Arizona to provide data about our safe operations in practice.
Following the release of our Safety Methodologies and Safety Readiness Determinations papers, we’ve shared a 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.