Google’s Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet, has been given permission to fully test their cars without humans behind the wheel on public roads in California. Google is the first company to receive a driverless permit in the state.
Google won’t offer rides to the public initially. The company is close to launching a fleet of autonomous minivans in Phoenix, Arizona. “Eventually, we’ll create opportunities for members of the public to experience this technology, as we’ve done in Arizona with our early rider program,” Google said.
Driverless car testing permits must report any collisions involving a test vehicle within 10 days and submit an annual report. Arizona, which is the only state that allows Google to operate fully driverless vehicles, requires no disclosures.