Chinese autonomous driving start-up AutoX wins driverless car permit for tests in California

Chinese autonomous driving startup AutoX has won a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to start testing driverless cars in designated areas in San Jose, California ā€“ the first Chinese company to win such approval.

While AutoX has had state authority to test autonomous vehicles with safety drivers since 2017, the new permit allows the company to test one autonomous vehicle without a driver behind the wheel on specified streets around its San Jose headquarters, according to a release issued by the California DMV on July 17.

AutoX is the third company to win such a driverless permit from the California DMV, after Google-backed Waymo and California-based Nuro. The permit will allow AutoX to carry out tests of self-driving cars with passengers on board at a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour.