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Waymo joins backlash against California self-driving data requirement – Source Reuters Tech News

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Waymo and General Motors Co’s (GM.N) Cruise are leading a backlash against a California reporting requirement on self-driving vehicle test data that the companies claim is not relevant or accurate in measuring performance or progress.

FILE PHOTO: A Waymo self-driving vehicle is parked outside the Alphabet company’s offices where its been testing autonomous vehicles in Chandler, Arizona, U.S., March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Heather Somerville/File Photo

Data released Wednesday by California showed Waymo and Cruise once again had the greatest number of test miles between “disengagements,” when a human driver must intervene to take control from a self-driving system during testing on public roads.

The disengagement data is widely used as a yardstick to compare companies testing self-driving vehicles on California roads, and is often cited as evidence that Waymo leads the sector.

Waymo tweeted that the disengagement metric “does not provide…

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