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Waymo has 7.1 million driverless miles — how does its driving compare to humans?

Waymo vehicle in San Francisco
Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu via Getty Images

For years, Waymo has been claiming that its driverless vehicles have the potential to be safer than humans. Now the company says it has the data to back it up.

Waymo analyzed 7.13 million fully driverless miles in three cities — Phoenix, Los Angeles, and San Francisco — and compared the data to human driving benchmarks to determine whether its cars were involved in fewer injuring-causing and police-reported crashes. And it was the first time the company studied miles from fully driverless operations only, rather than a mix of autonomous and human-monitored driving.

The conclusion? Waymo’s driverless cars were 6.7 times less likely than human drivers to be involved a…

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