Waymo self-driving vehicles cover 20 million miles on public roads

(Reuters) – Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet Inc <GOOGL.O>, said its vehicles had covered more than 20 million miles (32.2 million km) public roads since its creation in 2009.

“It took us decade drive the first 10 million miles but just over one year complete these last 10 million,” the company said in a statement late on Monday.

Large tech companies, big automakers and well-funded startups have been testing self-driving vehicles, but for the most part real passengers have not been included in the plan.

Waymo, considered a leader in the global race to deploy autonomous vehicles, has begun offering a limited number of fully automated rides for the public without backup drivers in its cars.

(Reporting by Amal S in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)

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