Research & Discoveries (R&D): Cruise’s Safety Record Over 1 Million Driverless Miles

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Need To Know (NTK): Cruise AVs Outperformed Human Drivers With 54% Fewer Collisions Overall

After its AV fleet drove one million driverless miles, Cruise released a comprehensive safety report on its operations in San Francisco, CA. The data demonstrates that in the first million driverless miles of Cruise’s safety record, their driverless AVs outperformed the human benchmark by encountering fewer collisions, being the primary contributor to fewer collisions, and encountering fewer collisions with meaningful risk of injury.


When benchmarked against human drivers in a comparable driving environment, Cruise AVs were involved in:

Many of the collisions Cruise AVs encountered were at low speeds and were not caused by the AVs’ driving behavior.


Cruise relied upon factors of collision frequency, primary contribution and risk of injury when comparing its AVs to the human ride-hail benchmark.

Based on these measurements, Cruise AVs outperformed the average human driver in San Francisco by a large margin. The company’s first million driverless miles resulted in only 36 collisions, of which 94% were caused by the behavior of other parties. Of these:


Contextually, the reality of human drivers is catastrophic: 

Research from the RAND Corporation projects that “the deployment of AVs that are on average 10% safer than the average human driver could prevent 600,000 fatalities in the US over 35 years.”


Considering the success of Cruise’s first million AV miles, the company is on the right path to help create an even safer future with featuring fewer collisions and more lives saved. Looking ahead, the company remains steadfastly committed “to drive continuous safety improvements, magnify our impact with scale, and engage with our communities to create a safer, cleaner and more accessible future in transportation."