Our First Autonomous Vehicle Disengagement Report

By | January 29, 2018

We are pleased to release the key numbers from drive.ai’s 2017 autonomous vehicle disengagement report.

2017 Disengagement Report Key Stats:

  • Total autonomous miles: 6572
  • Total disengagements: 151
  • Miles per disengagement (2016): 9.44
  • Miles per disengagement (2017): 65.38
  • Number of autonomous vehicle incidents: 0

To read the report in full, click here.

California’s laws regarding autonomous vehicle testing and deployment have been in effect for a little more than three years. Under the California Code of Regulations, Title 13, Article 3.7, all entities testing autonomous vehicles in the State of California are required to disclose certain details of their activities to the DMV.

We received our Manufacturer’s Testing Permit for the California Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program on April 19, 2016, and soon after began testing our vehicles on public roads. This year marks our first autonomous vehicle disengagement report, and we’re proud to share our progress ahead of the official report to be issued by the DMV in the coming weeks. The report we submitted this year covers our company’s autonomous vehicle operations in California from the date we received our license until the end of the reporting period, November 30, 2017.

As of the end of the reporting period, we had seven licensed autonomous vehicles operating on California public roads, and continue to further grow our fleet at a rapid clip. In the time span covered by our report, we drove a total of 6,572 autonomous miles and experienced 151 disengagements due to technology failure or when safe operation required the intervention of a safety driver. Our autonomous miles were driven on surface streets in various parts of the San Francisco Bay area with real world challenges, including traffic lights, stop signs, pedestrians, cyclists, and more.

Our autonomous miles traveled per disengagement increased dramatically over the past twenty months: from close to 3 when we first started driving autonomously on public roads to over 100 in November 2017, which also included our first ever Autonomous Drive-a-thon.

The world of driving is extraordinarily complex. Today’s production advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), such as adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist, have made significant progress in automating portions of driving. To advance from SAE Level 2 to SAE Level 4 automation, however, is to tackle a different class of problem. Our miles driven in California and elsewhere are helping us make that a reality by providing our systems with better real-world data on which to improve our robust, full-stack driving solution.

Safety is of the utmost importance for us at Drive.ai. Core to our mission of building the world’s best autonomous driving platform is the vision of a future with zero accidents. While we are pleased with the high numbers we have achieved in many areas, one of the numbers we are most proud of is zero: in the hundreds of hours and thousands of miles in autonomous mode we have driven to date, we have had zero safety incidents of any kind, at-fault or otherwise.

While we are excited to share the numbers from our first AV report, we’re even more excited about the progress we’ve made so far in 2018. We have our sights set on safely and rapidly deploying our technology to tackle more vehicles, more miles, and more use cases!

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