Five things you need to know about the Waymo's autonomous playgroundGoogle's former Self-Driving Car Project has a top-secret testing facility in the middle of California, and we've payed it a visit.
Way out in the middle of California, is a place where autonomous cars can roam free. It's Waymo's Castle, a dedicated autonomous car testing ground, and here are five things you need to know about what they're up to out there. Castle is a former air force base that was officially retired in 1995. Waymo, then Google, leased 91 acres of the place. It's abandoned streets and buildings made it a perfect place for safe testing, Waymo has completed 20,000 structured tests. The vast majority at the castle site setting up scenarios like wayward cyclist and clumsy movers to test how the company's van react. Most current systems are deployed on the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. They sport laser, radar, optical, and even sonic sensors for detecting the world around them. On the inside of those mini vans, the rear seat entertainment systems had been taken over to give you a clean, simple look at what the car can see and a preview of what it's doing next. At Castle and other testing areas in the US, Waymo's autonomous cars have covered a whopping 3.5 million miles of testing. That's way more miles than an average driver will cover in their entire lifetime. Those are just some of the highlights of Waymo's impressive facility and its self-driving vans. But to get the full story, make sure you head on over to TheRoadShow.com.