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Waymo's autonomous cars have driven 20 million miles on public roads

January 07, 2020 / Ryan Daws

Autonomous cars developed by Alphabet subsidiary Waymo have now driven over 20 million miles on public roads. The milestone was announced during this year's CES in Las Vegas and shows how Waymo's driverless technology is almost ready for widespread deployment. Speaking at a dinner hosted by Fortune, Waymo CEO John Krafcik said: "You need to have a lot of real world experience, there's no way to avoid it." While autonomous vehicles have been involved in accidents, Waymo has managed to avoid – so far, at least – any fatalities like the one which gave Uber's driverless car project such bad publicity. That’s not to say the company hasn’t been in the headlines. Back in 2017, Waymo took legal action against former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski claiming he stole confidential information about the company’s work and took it to Uber.