Waymo confirmed Friday that it has applied with the California Department of Motor Vehicles for the permits it needs to begin testing fully driverless cars on public streets. A source who has seen Waymo’s permit application says Waymo intends on testing its driverless vehicles near its headquarters in Mountain View before expanding such tests around parts of the Bay Area. If its permit is approved, Waymo will be able to test driverless cars on streets, rural roads and highways with posted speed limits of up to 65 miles per hour.
Companies could begin applying with the state Department of Motor Vehicles for testing and deploying driverless cars on April 2. However, by that date, none of the approximately 50 companies working on driverless cars technology had filed the necessary permit work with the DMV.