Waymo’s self-driving cars are racking up miles faster than ever

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Waymo announced on Twitter yesterday that the company’s fleet of autonomous cars has driven more than 3 million miles on public roads. Those miles were logged over the course of the last eight years in Mountain View, California; Austin, Texas; and Phoenix, Arizona, by everything from the company’s new self-driving minivans to its Lexus SUVs, and the tiny bug-like “Google Car,” too.

What’s important about Waymo’s milestone is the speed with which it logged the last million miles. It took seven years (2009–2016) to reach 2 million miles when the project was still a part of Google. Spinning the self-driving effort off into its own company in December — and adding 100 autonomous minivans to the fleet — seems to have accelerated things,…

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