Pony.ai, the Chinese self-driving company backed by Toyota, can no longer test fully self-driving vehicles in California, for now at least. according to ReutersDMV suspended the driverless test permit on November 19, a few weeks after a crash in Fremont. Based on the report submitted to the state DMV, an autonomously operated Pony.ai vehicle collided with a center divider and a traffic light on October 28.
It was a single vehicle accident, no injuries and other vehicles were involved. as Reuters It’s unclear which side of the crash prompted DMV to suspend Pony.ai’s permit, he said, but the company said it immediately launched an investigation and is working with the agency to find out what caused the crash.
While Pony.ai won’t be able to test fully self-driving vehicles in California anymore, it can continue its experiments with safety drivers behind the wheel. The company has 10 Hyundai Motor Kona electric vehicles registered for testing and only received a driverless test permit six months ago for three cities in the state. It is the eighth company to obtain this type of permit in California, after companies such as Waymo, Cruise and Baidu. Under the terms of the permit, Pony.ai has been given permission to conduct driverless tests in Fremont, Milpitas and Irvine on open roads at speeds of up to 45 mph. Moreover, the vehicles can only operate in clear weather and light rain.
Pony.ai recently received approval to operate independent paid taxi services in Beijing, which it had also hoped to achieve in California by 2022. It remains to be seen if this suspension will delay those plans significantly.
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