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I’m so excited for autonomous driving. I’m not a big driver. I don’t love it. I’d be happy to not drive ever again.

Plus, I’d love to skip the joy of teaching my kids to drive. It’d be amazing to have them just summon a self-driving car.

My understanding is that, in a world of self-driving cars, you need data. You need to train the car to be able to respond to every scenario.

Google’s self-driving unit Waymo has been logging a lot of miles.

Waymo’s fleet of self-driving vehicles are now logging 25,000 miles every day on public roads, Krafcik said.  He later tweeted out the stats along with a graphic. Waymo has 600 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans on the road in 25 cities.

Self driving cars are coming…

Every year the State of California releases data on the companies that have licenses to drive self-driving cars, like how many miles they drive and how often they have to disengage self-driving mode.

For Waymo…

…its cars go around 5,600 miles between disengagements. To put that into perspective, if Waymo gave one of its cars to someone with a 10-mile commute, that person would only need to take over the wheel about once a year, on average.

For Cruise (a part of General Motors)…

…it went from 35 miles per disengagement in last year’s report to 1,250 miles per disengagement this year.

Self-driving cars are coming! Get ready.