Okay this car doesn’t forget to use it’s turn signal 50% of the time. It’s not text or flipping through the radio. It might be on the phone, but you won’t be annoyed by erratic driving. After 300,000 miles there have only been two accidents. Both human error. Google has been lobbying for new laws to allow robot cars to drive us around. I can’t wait.
Chris Urmson, engineering lead on the project, said in a blog post:
We’re encouraged by this progress, but there’s still a long road ahead. To provide the best experience we can, we’ll need to master snow-covered roadways, interpret temporary construction signals and handle other tricky situations that many drivers encounter. As a next step, members of the self-driving car team will soon start using the cars solo (rather than in pairs), for things like commuting to work. This is an important milestone, as it brings this technology one step closer to every commuter. One day, we hope this capability will enable people to be more productive in their cars. For now, our team members will remain in the driver’s seats and will take back control if needed.