November 2 (UPI) — Alphabet’s self-driving unit, Waymo, has released its first report on testing of its self-driving cars in Phoenix, Arizona, according tomedia reports. Since testing its self-driving technology in Phoenix for the first time, Waymo has traveled a total of 6.1 million miles (9.82 million kilometers), of which 65,000 have been self-driving, the company said in a report.
In addition, in the first nine months of 2019-2020, Waymo’s vehicles had 18 minor accidents and 29 near-collisions.
Waymo said the information was released to increase transparency because the company’s vehicles are on public roads. It hopes the data will help policymakers understand the situation, raise awareness and build public confidence in self-driving cars.
At the same time, the company said it hoped its safety data would help companies and regulators set safety standards for the self-driving car industry.
In December 2018, Waymo launched Waymo One, a self-driving taxi service in Phoenix, Arizona. Starting October 8 this year, the company began offering fully autonomous driving services to Waymo One passengers.
In addition to Waymo, other self-driving car developers will also begin testing vehicles on public roads.
GM and its self-driving company, Cruise, say they are seeking regulatory approval to deploy a limited number of self-driving cars in the San Francisco area.
Cruise Origin, a self-driving car based on the GM Bolt, was released on January 21 this year. The car is the result of a three-year partnership between General Motors, Cruise and Honda, designed for carpooling services.
In addition, Ford will use a car based on its Escape hybrid SUV in its self-driving commercial business in 2022.