Why testing self-driving cars in SF is challenging but necessary

Kyle Vogt
Kyle Vogt
Oct 3, 2017 · 6 min read
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A typical day in San Francisco, captured by one of our self-driving cars.
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Instances of various maneuvers per 1,000 miles of autonomous driving. Source: Cruise internal metrics.
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Population density of common self-driving test areas. Source: US Census Bureau 2010.
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How our self-driving cars see the world. The predicted future path and multiple possible interactions of every person, car, and cyclist are calculated 10 times per second.
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Traffic lights out at 6-way intersection. All driving completed autonomously.
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Passing a box truck in Chinatown. All driving completed autonomously.
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Humans controlling traffic near construction. All driving completed autonomously.
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Cyclist cutting off a car at night. The driver took over, but post-analysis shows our vehicle was already braking and would have stopped in time to avoid a collision.
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Unprotected left in traffic. All driving completed autonomously.

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Cruise is building the world’s most advanced self-driving…

Kyle Vogt

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Kyle Vogt

Co-Founder, President & CTO of Cruise

Cruise

Cruise

Cruise is building the world’s most advanced self-driving vehicles to safely connect people with the places, things and experiences they care about. Join us in solving the engineering challenge of a generation: https://getcruise.com/careers

Kyle Vogt

Written by

Kyle Vogt

Co-Founder, President & CTO of Cruise

Cruise

Cruise

Cruise is building the world’s most advanced self-driving vehicles to safely connect people with the places, things and experiences they care about. Join us in solving the engineering challenge of a generation: https://getcruise.com/careers

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