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Waymo’s Robots Drove More Miles Than Everyone Else Combined

But in newly released numbers from California regulators, the challengers in the self-driving-car race are looking better.
Source: Reuters / Caitlin O’Hara

Self-driving cars promise to change cities, mint billionaires, and push robots into the everyday lives of millions of people. The only problem is, no one knows quite when or how. And with all the research and development locked up inside private companies, the public has little information to judge the progress of the technology, aside from the occasional PR reveal or disaster.

We have one (imperfect) yardstick, however: the numbers that the California Department of Motor Vehicles requires that any company testing an autonomous vehicle in the state file every month. Those are rolled up and released in January of

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