It’s clear that there is still a lot of work needed for Uber’s self-driving car program but how is it when compared to the efforts of others? It doesn’t look good for Uber. Department of Motor Vehicles recently published a stat where it shows that Alphabet’s Waymo is far ahead from its competitors. In about every one mile Uber’s autonomous system disengages. Alphabets Waymo needs human intervention once every 5,128 miles. Surprisingly, Nissan’s autonomous system disengages once every 146 miles.
It’s more like a reflection of the vast experience disparity between Google and Uber rather than condemnation of Uber’s autonomous technology. Waymo had over 635,000 miles of autonomous driving mileage in 2016 alone while Uber clocked just over 20,000 miles of autonomous driving under its belt before its cars were temporarily kicked out of California. But Uber also felt way behind Nissan which had only 4,099 miles and had a better disengagement rate. It’s almost impossible to compete with Waymo when it had only a small fraction of its self-driving time.
Stats show that Uber has a long way to go before it fulfills its dream of running an entire fleet of driverless cars. Lets hope it sticks to its dreams.