Image credit: Waymo

Latest in Gear

    Image credit: Waymo

    Waymo's 360-degree demo ride shows what self-driving cars 'see'

    The company's cars have driven five million miles already.
    471 Shares
    Share
    Tweet
    Share

    Sponsored Links

    One of the big steps necessary to roll out self-driving cars is getting the public to trust them, and Waymo's latest attempt to achieve that is with a new 360-degree experience. Viewable on a computer, your phone or a VR headset, it feeds a simulation of mixed video and sensor data (LiDAR, radar and cameras) from one of the company's Pacifica Hybrid minivans to give you a feeling of what it "sees" while driving along.

    For many people, this is the first time they'll be able to experience a ride in a self-driving car, and perhaps begin to trust that it's at least as attentive as human drivers. The Alphabet (and formerly Google) company has big plans to launch a taxi service this year with thousands of these vans, and 360-degree video provides a preview of what it will be like.

    After taking five years to accumulate one million miles driven, Waymo says its cars have racked up a million in the last three months (to with 2.7 billion virtual miles last year). That brings their total real-world mileage to five million across 25 test cities, adding as much mileage every day as the average person does in a year. Expect more "public education and awareness" advertising to follow, but for now, just take a peek around as Waymo does the driving.

    All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
    Comment
    Comments
    Share
    471 Shares
    Share
    Tweet
    Share

    Popular on Engadget

    The Morning After: Nike's accessible AJI

    The Morning After: Nike's accessible AJI

    View
    HTC's Exodus 1s can run a full Bitcoin node for under $250

    HTC's Exodus 1s can run a full Bitcoin node for under $250

    View
    Kik Messenger will keep running under a different owner

    Kik Messenger will keep running under a different owner

    View
    Netflix's 'Cowboy Bebop' production pauses after John Cho is injured on-set

    Netflix's 'Cowboy Bebop' production pauses after John Cho is injured on-set

    View
    Nike puts an accessibility twist on its iconic Air Jordan 1

    Nike puts an accessibility twist on its iconic Air Jordan 1

    View

    From around the web

    Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr