California provides Waymo and Cruise the go-ahead to cost passengers

A cruise autonomous car on the streets of chinatown in san franscisco

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The robotaxi corporations Waymo and Cruise now have permission to supply around-the-clock driverless rides to fee-paying passengers in San Fransisco. Till now, each autonomous ride-hailing corporations have been in a position to supply restricted service within the metropolis, however on Thursday afternoon the California Public Utilities Fee (CPUC) accepted a pair of resolutions that take away these restrictions.

California established a pathway to approving robotaxi operations in late 2020 when the CPUC introduced a deployment program. Each Waymo and Cruise had been utilizing testing permits to drive across the metropolis, however in 2021 each utilized for permission to start out working a industrial service with no security driver on board and that charged passengers for his or her rides.

In 2021, the California Division of Motor Autos gave each Waymo and Cruise deployment permits for autonomous autos, however any industrial providers additionally required CPUC’s approval.

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