Self-driving Startup AutoX Applies for a Permit to Test its Vehicles Without a Human Backup Driver in California

Now autonomous driving startup AutoX is looking to join Waymo as one of the only two companies granted a permit by the state of California to test self-driving vehicles on public roads without a backup safety driver. AutoX has applied for a permit in California for the testing of autonomous vehicles without a safety driver in California, Reuters has learned. If granted the permit, AutoX will become the second permit holder in the state.

AutoX would be able to test its self-driving vehicles using a remote operator, instead of having a driver physically present in the vehicle. The new permit is another step forward in the race to deploy the first commercial driverless delivery vans or robotaxis in the state.