SAN FRANCISCO – GM’s Cruisesubsidiary said on Thursday it has become the first company to receive a regulatory permit to offer driverless ride-hailing services in California.
also said it has obtained a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to deploy – with safety drivers behind the wheel.
They may give rides for free with the new permit, but they would need to obtain another permit from the California Public Utilities Commission to start charging passengers for rides.
Cruise and Waymo hadapplied for approval from the California to deploy their self-driving vehicles in San Francisco, setting the stage for the biggest tests yet of the technology in a dense urban environment.
The California DMV said in a separate release that Cruise
The Waymo vehicles which have safety drivers behind the wheel “are approved to operate on public roads within parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties with a speed limit of no more than 65 mph,” the DMV said.
(Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin and Jane Lee in San Francisco/Additional reporting by Paresh Dave in Oakland, Calif. Editing by Peter Henderson and Matthew Lewis)