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The California Division of Motor Autos (DMV) suspended one other certainly one of Pony.ai’s autonomous car testing permits on Tuesday, in accordance with reporting from TechCrunch. The corporate now doesn’t maintain any lively testing permits in California.
Pony.ai’s allow to check its autonomous car know-how with a driver was revoked because of the DMV’s issues about Pony.ai’s security drivers.
Pony.ai is required to observe the driving information of its security drivers intently, and failing to take action was what the DMV took subject with. Particularly, the division, which requires security drivers to have a clear driving document, had issues about three of the corporate’s 71 security drivers for its 41 check autos.
Following an October accident in Fremont, California, the DMV suspended Pony.ai’s driverless testing allow in November 2021. In the course of the accident, a Pony.ai car modified lanes whereas in autonomous mode. Whereas performing the lane change, the automotive hit a middle divider and a site visitors signal that was posted on the divider.
The accident definitely wasn’t the primary involving autonomous autos, nevertheless it was distinctive as a result of the car was appearing autonomously and the accident didn’t contain another autos.
In March 2022, Pony.ai agreed to recall three of its autonomous autos due to the October crash. Whereas the autos had been repaired after discovering the software program subject that brought on the crash, the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) informed the corporate that it believed the software program had a security defect, which led to the recall.
Whereas Pony.ai continues to hit roadblocks in rolling out its autonomous car know-how in america, the corporate lately acquired a license to function an autonomous car taxi service in China, the place the corporate is headquartered.
Pony.ai hopes to launch a fee-charging robotaxi service in Guangzhou someday this 12 months. Persevering with its partnership with Ontime, a experience hailing app developed by GAP Group, Pony.ai will combine its autonomous driving know-how into GAC autos, which might be hailed with Ontime’s platform or Pony.ai’s PonyPilot+ app.