The Chinese based company Didi Chuxing's US division, Didi Research North America, is the latest entity to receive a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test autonomous vehicles in the state. Didi opened their US research facility in Mountain View in March 2017.
In February, the DMV released their new rules for testing autonomous vehicles in the state of California. The new rules were focused around testing done without a driver. Currently, vehicle manufacturers must obtain a driverless testing or deployment permit if they wish to test vehicles without a driver or allow their technology to be used by the general population on public roads. New requirements also include certifying the autonomous test vehicle is capable of operating without hte presence of a driver and meet the autonomous technology description of the Society of Automotive Engineers Level 4 or 5 vehicles; ensuring vehicle have a connected communication link to a remote operator and law enforcement; and, informing the DMV of all intended operation design domains. As of today, the DMV has a list of 53 companies that have permits to test self-driving technology in California.
The list includes: Volkswagen Group of America, Mercedes Benz, Waymo, Delphi Automotive, Tesla Motors, Bosch, Nissan, GM Cruise, BMW, Honda, Ford Zoox, Inc., Drive.ai, Faraday & Future Inc., Baidu USA, Valeo North America, Inc., NIO USA, Inc., Telenav, Inc., NVIDIA Corporation, AutoX Technologies Inc., Subaru, Udacity, Navya, Renovo.auto, PlusAi, Nuro, CarOne, Apple, Bauer's Intelligent Transportation, Pony.AI, TuSimple, Jingchi Corp, SAIC Innovation Center, Almotive Inc., Aurora Innovation, Nullmax, Samsung Electronics, Continental Automotive Systems Inc., Voyage, CYNGN, Roadstar.Ai, Changan Automobile, Lyft, Phantom AI, Qualcomm Technologies, aiPod, SF Motors Inc., Toyota Research Institute, Apex.AI, Intel Corp., Ambarella Corporation, and Gatik AI. While the list is long and there are many household names, one major player in the autonomous industry is not on the list. Uber had decided to suspend their autonomous vehicle testing follow the death of a pedestrian in Arizona earlier this year and their permit had expired on March 31