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Self-driving car companies complain California test data may mislead – Source Reuters Tech News

(Reuters) – Developers of self-driving cars are amping up criticism of a California reporting requirement on test data, saying the data could mislead, as the state prepares to release the latest results for 2019.

FILE PHOTO: A Cruise self-driving car, which is owned by General Motors Corp, is seen outside the company’s headquarters in San Francisco where it does most of its testing, in California, U.S., Sept 26, 2018. REUTERS/Heather Somerville/File Photo

Companies such as General Motors Co’s (GM.N) Cruise and startup Aurora have said the metric, called disengagements, is not an accurate or relevant way to measure their technical progress, even though it is widely used to do just that.

The debate is taking on more importance amid delays in the rollout of self-driving vehicles and concerns over a lack of regulation and the prospects for profitability for the companies that make such vehicles.

The focus on disengagements — when a human driver must take manual control from a…

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