The California Section of Motor Vehicles has accepted a second application to test fully driverless vehicles on public roads. And also the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the petitioner is Waymo, the self-driving soloist of Google parent Alphabet. Waymo is in the meantime testing fully driverless cars with no human security driver backward the wheel on public roads in Arizona.
So it does not come as a big shock that the company would be interested in performing same tests on its home turf in California. A spokesperson for Waymo confirmed the appeal to the Chronicle. A DMV spokesperson acknowledged a second appeal accept but denial to name either company until their grant.
California began receiving applications for completely driverless testing permits on April 2nd after a rule change opened the door for companies wishing to test their autonomous cars on public roads. Among the more provisions, the latest rules would allow autonomous vehicles without steering wheels, mirrors, foot pedals, and human drivers backward the wheel to be tested on its roads.
California is a manifest hotbed for autonomous vehicle testing, so changes made. And the state’s rules governing these tests followed nearly by companies like common Motors Waymo. And also Uber that are developing fleets of self-driving vehicles for public use. There are nowadays 50 companies testing almost 300 autonomous vehicles that license with the DMV, officials said.
Waymo says it is the one and only company to have completely driverless cars on the street today. The previous month, a fatal crash in Arizona involving a self-driving Uber car sent shockwaves through the tech. And also auto industries, raising questions about the security surrounding this technology. And the permissiveness of states like Arizona to welcome the testing. Unlike Arizona, although, California has permitting and exposure policies in position surrounding self-driving vehicles.