Testing of autonomous cars has revealed thousands of failures, with Google reporting 272 self-driving technologies blunders.
We should see plenty of cars packed with such technologies from 2020 onwards, as most automakers have set this timeline for bringing to market semi-autonomous cars, for the full autonomous ones to arrive starting with 2025. Until the arrival of that crucial moment in the automotive industry, and not only, these technologies are currently under heavy testing, but it seems this is not going as smooth as the automakers have hoped. Under Californian regulations, the companies have to report any safety failures found on their cars. Many analysts have already predicted that Google’s know-how in the automotive related technologies will make the company the leader of the upcoming self-driving trend. But the internet giant said last week it found some failures on its self-driving “bubble” cars, 272 times to be more accurate. These blunders were registered between September 2014 and November 2015, prompting drivers to take immediate control of the cars during testing on California roads. In addition, other 69 failures forced drivers to switch off the self-driving software and take control of the wheel.
Not only Google had issues with its self-driving vehicles, as six other automotive companies reported similar problems during testing sessions. Together, they reported 2,894 disengagements on Californian public roads. Volkswagen reported 260 for its two autonomous cars in California, Nissan reported 106, while major suppliers like Bosch said it found 625 total disengagements for two vehicles, and Delphi Automotive revealed 511 failures.