May 24, 2021 (China Knowledge) - On Friday, California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued a permit to Chinese autonomous vehicle startup Pony.ai to test its driverless cars without safety drivers behind the wheel on specified streets in the state's three cities of Fremont, Milpitas and Irvine.
According to a statement by the DMV, the vehicles are permitted to operate on roads in clear weather and light precipitation with speed limits not exceeding 45 mph. (72.4 kmph) Pony claims it is the first company to launch autonomous ride-hailing and self-driving car rides to the general public in China.
Pony is the eighth company to receive a driverless testing permit in the state, other companies include Baidu, (9888) WeRide, Nuro, and Zoox. Currently, the U.S. company Nuro is the one that is permitted to operate its autonomous vehicles in California commercially.
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