Alibaba-backed AutoX received a permit in California to operate autonomous vehicles without a backup safety driver. AutoX follows Waymo and Nuro in obtaining permits from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to launch driverless tests. But these tests will be initially limited to one vehicle, operating in San Jose and restricted to surface streets.
- California established the Autonomous Vehicle Tester (AVT) Driverless program in 2018, which allows for self-driving vehicle testing, but with restrictions. California requires these companies to carry hefty insurance policies and have the ability to control the vehicle through a remote operator.
- In China, AutoX has partnered with BYD and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on robotaxi projects.
- 62 automotive and technology companies currently hold permits to operate self-driving vehicles in California, with a backup safety driver.
This item first appeared in Inside Transportation.