Apple’s self-driving test vehicles doubled their mileage in 2020

Apple’s self-driving test vehicles doubled their mileage last yearm as reported by the California DMV which today released new disengagement and mileage reports for self-driving vehicles that are being tested in the state, providing a but of insight into Apple’s self-driving vehicle testing in 2020.

Apple's self-driving test vehicles doubled their mileage in 2020

Any firm that tests self-driving vehicles in California are required to file annual disengagement reports that reveal how many times a vehicle disengages, ceding control back to the human driver, or the number of times a human driver in the vehicle takes over from the autonomous software.

Juli Clover for MacRumors:

Over the course of 2020, vehicles equipped with Apple’s self-driving technology traveled a total of 18,805 miles in California, up from the 7,544 miles traveled in 2019. There were a total of 130 disengagements, up from 64 last year, but that’s not a surprise considering the increase in mileage. Apple’s cars experienced a disengagement every 144.6 miles, which is a better metric than 2019 where there was a disengagement every 117.8 miles.

Apple has been testing its self-driving software since early 2017 using Lexus RX450h SUVs outfitted with a host of sensors and cameras as it works on Apple Car hardware. All of the vehicles are piloted by a pair of drivers at all times even when in autonomous driving mode

MacDailyNews Take: Apple is improving in both miles and disengagements!

1 Comment

  1. On the face of it this is rather bad. Waymo disengages less than once per 10,000 miles. However, there is no standard comparing the difficulty of the road driven or the criteria that will cause a disengagement. Maybe Apple has set the trigger point low to better catch disengagements so they can learn from these problems.

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