Google declared self-driving cars can reach U.S. roads in the following years and that it is in talks with automakers to roll out the technology.
What Google needs to do is to prove mathematically that the self-driving cars are safer, this means make fewer mistakes than drivers. The company said that its self-driving cars, retrofitted Toyota Prius sedans with added sensors and cameras, on average complete a test course a couple of seconds faster than human drivers. Currently Google is in talks with major carmakers, trying to find partners that want to work with them.
“All options are open. From giving the technology away to licensing it to working with Tier 1s, Tier 2s, working with the OEMs, building a car with them, everything is open and we’re trying to figure out which paths make the most sense,” Levandowski said. “We’re talking to basically every car company to see what their level of excitement is and how do we work with them.”
Until now, Google has logged more than 250,000 miles with its fleet of around 10 self-driving cars, and it plans to log at least 1 million miles before offering the technology to drivers.