Waymo obtains California's first fully driverless car permit2018-10-31 17:23 by Daniela
Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, has been granted permission to operate fully driverless cars without human drivers behind the steering wheel on public roads in California.
The company is the first to receive a driverless permit in the state. It has been testing on public roads for years now. But this permit, issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, allows Waymo to test these self-driving cars without a human driver behind the wheel.
The limits of the permit are well defined. Waymo is only allowed to test its fleet of approximately three dozen vehicles without human safety drivers inside a predetermined geographical area in and around Mountain View, California, in Santa Clara County. Waymo will be testing during day and night hours, at speeds up to 65 miles per hour and in inclement weather conditions, as outlined in a recent blog post from Waymo.
The company said it will inform local governments before expanding its tests any further. And though Waymo has clearly stated its intention to run its own driverless taxi service, the company's first driver-free passengers will only be employees. Waymo did not say when it will open its cars to the wider California public.
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