Pony.ai banned from testing self-driving cars in California

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On Tuesday, the California Department of Motor Vehicles revoked Pony.ai’s approval to test its driver-assisted autonomous vehicle technology for not tracking safety drivers’ driving records in its testing permit.

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“In reviewing Pony.ai’s application for a test permit renewal, the DMV found numerous violations in the driving records of Pony.ai’s active safety drivers,” a DMV spokesperson told TechCrunch, noting that Pony had 41 autonomous test vehicles and 71 safety cars. drivers with their permission.

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“Due to the critical role of safe drivers in enabling safe testing of autonomous technologies, and the need for these drivers to have a clean driving experience as set out in DMV autonomous vehicle regulations, the DMV is withdrawing the authorization, effective immediately.”

News follows driverless Pony permit suspension, allowing it to test its AV technology without a safety operator in the front seat in November 2021 following a collision report in Fremont, California. At the time, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration suspected a default software glitch, so in March Pony recalled three cars with similar potential software issues.

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The California DMV did not respond in a timely manner to requests for more information on the status of Pony’s suspended driverless testing permit, but if the safer version of that permit – the one that requires a driver to be present during testing – is fully withdrawn, it is unlikely that the DMV will reinstate it any time soon. start-up permission without a driver.

“When there is an unreasonable risk to public safety, the DMV may immediately suspend or revoke permits,” TechCrunch said.

Pony does not currently have valid testing permits in California.

Meanwhile, in China, where most of Pony’s operations are located, the company has just received approval to supply self-driving cars. public taxi services on open roads in Beijing. The company also recently received taxi license to work in a commercial service in Guangzhou.

Pony did not reply to the comment in time.


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