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The 2,578 Problems With Self-Driving Cars

Last year, a self-driving car failed about every 3 hours in California, according to figures filed with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. Every January, carmakers testing self-driving cars in California have to detail how many times their vehicles malfunctioned during the preceding year. These so-called disengagement reports detail every time a human safety driver had to quickly take control of their car, either due to hardware or software failure or because the driver suspected a problem. The reports—detailing 2,578 failures among the nine companies that carried out road-testing in 2016—give a unique glimpse into how much testing the different companies are doing, where they are doing it, and what is going wrong. None of this year’s disengagements resulted in an accident. Image: Mark Harris; Source: California DMV Alphabet’s spin-out company Waymo [Google in chart...

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