Waymo Shows What Self-driving Cars See in Demo
Waymo shows a 360-degree demo ride where you can see on your computer, phone or VR headset what self-driving cars are seeing from the comfort of your home.
Waymo’s Cars Have Driven 5 Million Miles Already
The company believes that one of the first things that need to be done in order to roll out self-driving cars is making the people to trust them, and Waymo wants to achieve this with a unique 360-degree experience. You can view the experience on your phone, computer or Virtual Reality headset while the simulations use sensor data and mixed video from one of the company’s vehicles (a Pacifica Hybrid minivan) to provide you with a feeling of what the car has in front while it automatically drives along.
In some way, the ride becomes an act of trust where you are supposed to enjoy the trip knowing the fact that no human is driving the car and begin to understand how the system works and learn that self-driving cars are as attentive as humans when driving. Alphabet (Google) intends to launch a self-driving taxi service this year with thousands of minivans and 360-degree videos like these allow people to have a sense of how it will be like.
It took Waymo five years to pass the one million mark of miles driven by its self-driven cars, which racked a million in just three months and 2.7 billion virtual miles in a year. This adds to their total real-world mileage of five million across 25 different test locations. As a comparison, the company adds as much mileage every day as an average person makes in a whole year. Take a look at Waymo’s video and see it for yourself.