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Waymo unmanned vehicles traveled more than 16 billion kilometers ... but not on the ground

There is little doubt thatUnmanned vehicles will sooner or later become one of the main modes of transport. Indeed, many large companies, such as Uber or Yandex, are conducting tests of their autopilot versions with might and main. Not far behind them, and Waymo, self-driving cars which have already traveled more than 16 billion kilometers. At first glance, this is just a giant figure! But, as they say, there is one nuance.

How to test unmanned vehicles

According to Waymo representatives, at thisThe moment her test drones rolled over 16 billion kilometers in a test virtual environment. What it is? This is a special program for the simulation of road conditions. In her 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, a variety of driving situations are modeled. The simulation can recreate any environment. From complex accidents to dense traffic of huge megacities.

"We've driven ten billion miles in simulation," says CTO Dmitri Dolgov at #TCMobility pic.twitter.com/NHtL90wJLX

- Waymo (@Waymo) July 10, 2019

To date, more than 25,000 Waymo virtual cars participate in the testing. All the data obtained is used to improve the performance of the autopilot control algorithms.

Self-driving cars already left on the streets of cities

But do not think that Waymo is limited totests in virtual reality. In fact, the company has real results that can boast. Although they are not so impressive. Real drones during the tests on these roads, the United States covered a total distance of more than 16 million kilometers.

See also: Unmanned vehicles driving around the city streets without supervision of people.

But if unmanned cars successfully romp on real roads, then why test them in a virtual environment? The answer to this question was given by Waymo CTO Dmitry Dolgov:

"At the moment in the US there are only a fewplaces where you can test drones. And they are clearly not enough for learning neural networks. The number of hours rolled on real and virtual roads shows how well our system works. In the real world, a lot of different situations on the road are possible, all of which are simply impossible to simulate when tested live. When the system collects data from both sources, it becomes as ready as possible for any traffic situation. ”

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