Pony.ai has posted a post on its Twitter handle. Tweet Announcement of receipt of tax permit. The company said that they have got permission to test their driverless car in California. This permit is issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). It is the agency controlling automated vehicle testing. Yahoo Finance Key Report states that Pony.ai was allowed to test these autonomous vehicles with safety drivers from 2017 onwards.
The report further states that under this permit, Pony.ai can test its six driverless cars on designated roads within the cities of Fremont, Milpitas and Irvine. Several limits have also been set in the permit. These cars will have to run at a speed of more than 72.5 kmph in clear weather and light rain. Testing must be done in Fremont and Milpitas on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Pony.ai was founded in 2016 by former Baidu developers James Peng and Lou Tiancheng. The company has partnerships with many other automakers and suppliers including Bosch, Hyundai and Toyota.