Cruise receives permit to test autonomous cars without safety drivers in San Francisco

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GM-backed driverless car startup Cruise today obtained a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that will allow the company to test autonomous vehicles on public roads in San Francisco. While Cruise has had state authority to pilot driverless cars with safety drivers since 2015, the new license enables the company to test five autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel on specified city streets within San Francisco.
According to the DMV, Cruise’s vehicles can operate on roads with posted speed limits not exceeding 30 miles per hour during all times of the day and night, but not during heavy fog or heavy rain. Cruise is the fifth company to receive a driverless testing permit in the state; currently, 60 companies have an active permit to test autonomous vehicles with a safety driver.
“Before the end of the year, we’ll be sending cars out onto the streets of SF — without gasoline and without anyone at the wheel,” Cruise CEO Dan Ammann said in a statement. “Because safely removing the driver is the true benchmark of a self-driving car, and because burning fossil fuels is no way to build the future of transportation.”
Cruise inched closer toward a commercial …

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