A look at the numbers
- Given the average number of miles a person will drive in a year, Google’s two-million-mile mark represents approximately 300 years of behind-the-wheel experience—talk about being over-prepared for a driver’s test.
- This past year, Google’s self-driving car program has been averaging about 25,000 miles per week. In comparison, the average human travel travels only half that in an entire year.
- Google’s self-driving fleet currently consists of 58 vehicles (24 Lexus RX450h SUVs converted into autonomous vehicles and 34 prototype cars).
Autonomous vehicles and the future
- At the current rate, autonomous vehicles will be street legal and available for purchase by consumers within the next few years.
- Private car ownership in urban areas will be pretty much non-existent by 2025.
- By 2035, the autonomous vehicle market will be a $77 billion-a-year industry.
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