Waymo and cruise are approved to provide commercial autopilot services in California


Tencent science and technology news October 1st, the California motor vehicle administration (DMV) approved the automatic driving vehicle deployment license of Cruise and Alphabet’s Waymo supported by general motors on Thursday. It allows the above-mentioned companies to charge fees and receive compensation for services provided to the public, such as online car Hailing services in some areas.
According to the California motor vehicle administration, Cruise and Waymo still need the approval of the the California Public Utilities Commission to truly realize the commercial services of autopilot cars, but this means that the Cruise and Waymo services for testing purposes have been one step closer to providing services to the public in California. Before, Cruise and Waymo have been testing auto driving vehicle fleet in California, allowing passengers in the test vehicle to ride the driverless car free of charge.
The California motor vehicle administration said that under the new authorization, cruise vehicles can drive on public roads in designated areas of San Francisco from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., including light rain or light fog, but the speed can not exceed 30 miles per hour (about 48 kilometers). Waymo can operate its fleet at 65 miles per hour or less in parts of San Francisco and San Mateo County, including rain and light fog. Cruise is one step ahead in California because its license allows the company to operate cars without a safe driver.
The commercialization of autopilot is far more challenging than many people even predicted a few years ago, but Waymo and Cruise are considered the two leading ones. In May this year, waymo and cruise both applied for permission and began charging for ride and delivery services. According to previous media reports, cruise applied for a service without a safe driver, while waymo applied for an automatic driving service with a safe driver.
In 2015, Cruise obtained an automatic driving license on a public road with a safe driver. In October 2020, it was granted the test permission of an unsafe driver. In June this year, cruise obtained a license to provide driverless riding services to passengers in test vehicles in California. Cruise has been committed to using its autopilot to start the network. The company previously announced that it would provide online car Hailing service in Dubai in 2023. The company also acquired start-up voyage in March in an attempt to acquire technical talent. Since Ford acquired cruise in 2016, Hyundai Motor, Softbank vision fund, Wal Mart and Microsoft have become cruise investors.
Rob grant, senior vice president of government affairs and social impact of cruise, said in an email statement: “Today’s approval from the California motor vehicle administration makes cruise the first autonomous driving company in the state to obtain a license for driverless deployment. This brings us one step closer to our mission to make urban traffic safer, more efficient and reduce the burden on consumers through our all electric, autonomous and shared vehicle fleet.”
Waymo was authorized by the government of California in 2014 to test the automatic driving vehicle with a safe driver on public roads and obtain the driverless test license in October 2018. Last month, Waymo opened an automated driving test to some San Francisco residents through a project called “Trusted Tester”. (Tencent technology compile / no bogey)