AutoX, Alibaba-supported autonomous vehicle launch in California was given permission to start driverless testing on public roads in a limited area in San Jose.
With the approval, AutoX can test its autonomous vehicles without a driver for human safety at the wheel. It is the third company to receive driverless test approval. Waymo and Nuro also have driverless test permits. Unlike the other two companies, AutoX approval is limited to one vehicle and limited to roads in a particular part of San Jose near headquarters, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which regulates state AV testing. The vehicle has been approved for use in good weather and light rain on roads with a maximum speed of no more than 45 miles per hour, the agency said.
AutoX, which is developing a full self-driving stack, has had permission to test autonomous vehicles with safety drivers since 2017. Currently, 62 companies have active permission to test autonomous vehicles with a security driver on California roads.
To qualify for a driverless test permit, companies must provide proof of insurance or a $ 5 million guarantee, verify that vehicles can drive without a driver, meet federal safety standards for federal vehicles, or exempt from national road safety for Motorways have administration.
While AutoX operates Robotaxi pilots in California and China, the company has stated that its ultimate goal is to license its technology to companies that want to operate their own Robotaxi fleets. It was particularly active in China, although this driverless approval suggests that the company could also expand its operations in the United States.
AutoX opened an 80,000-square-meter Shanghai Robotaxi Operations Center in April after it was agreed with local authorities in 2019 to use 100 autonomous vehicles in the Jiading District. The fleet's vehicles were assembled in a factory about 150 km outside of Shanghai.
The company operated a fleet of robot axes in Shenzhen as part of a pilot program that started with BYD in 2019. In January, AutoX partnered with Fiat Chrysler to launch a fleet of robot axes for China and other countries in Asia.