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Published on : May 15, 2018

Regulatory scrutiny governing the testing of autonomous driving cars in the U.S. has loosened as of late in the U.S., giving a whiff of fresh air to several auto giants and technology behemoths. As many as 53 companies have recently secured permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test their self-driving cars under stipulated conditions. One of the key companies in the list of permit holders is Didi Chuxing, a prominent China-based ride-sharing conglomerate. Considered as a rival of Uber, Didi has been allowed to test its autonomous car with a safety driver present in the vehicle. If the program is successful, enthusiasts can share Didi’s self-driving cars in the U.S.; the vehicles in all likelihood won’t be fully autonomous, at least for now.

Over a year ago, the Beijing-based autonomous technology conglomerate has opened its research lab in the U.S. The permit Didi now holds underlines the stride it is taking in commercializing self-driving car technologies.

Companies holding Permit for Testing must conform to Conditions set forth by California Regulator

The unexpected fatal crash a self-driving car by the prominent ride-sharing company Uber met in Arizona and a tragic accident met by Tesla’s electric SUV, both of which occurred in March 2018, have slackened the pace for self-driving cars testing programs. Against this backdrop, the California DMV, has in April 2018 drafted new rules and regulations for players applying for permits for the testing. The regulations put forth by the California DMV consist of several other conditions that must be met by the permit holders before they embark on with the testing program. These regulations fall broadly under three conditions: testing with a driver, full-fledged driverless testing, and deployment. This will, unarguably, accelerate efforts for the global deployment of autonomous driving technology.

Permit Holders include Numerous Auto Giants and Technology Companies

Included in the list of permit holders making waves in the autonomous vehicle technology deployment are several multinational automakers such as Toyota, Tesla, Honda Motor Company, General Motors, Ford, and BMW. Technology companies making the plunge in the testing program under the new permit rule include Apple, Lyft, Samsung, and NVIDIA.