What if there is a system failure or fault with a self-driving, autonomous, or driverless vehicle?

Waymo is equipped with a series of backups for critical systems, such as sensors, computing, and braking.

How Waymo responds differs based on the type of roadway where a situation occurs, the current traffic conditions, and the extent of the technology failure. Depending on these factors, the system will determine an appropriate response to keep the vehicle and its passengers safe, including pulling over or coming to a safe stop.