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AutoX obtains coveted California autonomous driving license

ByElla E. Kidwell

Jul 22, 2020

It would be difficult to name another self-driving car company developing technology or entering new markets at AutoX speed. The company’s latest achievement is a coveted driverless license granted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), making AutoX the third company to receive a driverless license in the state of California, according to the California DMV. .

Essentially, the license allows AutoX to test its driverless safety cars on public roads in a confined test area. The permit also allows for testing with passengers, and AutoX will focus its operations on surface roads in San Jose with a speed limit of up to 45 mph.

I wrote that AutoX is the unlikely little company that could. Since stepping out of stealth in 2018 with the announcement that it would start delivering groceries via its L4 autonomous vehicles, then a milestone the company has battled with a much bigger rival Waymo. for a series of firsts in autonomy L4.

Earlier this year, AutoX became the first fully autonomous robotaxi supplier for the Asian market.

Initiated in its early years and founded by a Princeton professor named Jianxiong Xiao, AutoX’s founding mission is to democratize autonomy, a lofty goal that the company nonetheless appears on its way to achieving. Jianxiong’s value proposition in a crowded market has been an evolving hardware stack that initially consisted of nothing more than visible spectrum cameras paired with AI, which he said would be enough for a ride. autonomous safe L4. His company operated stealthily for most of his tenure, although a California DMV dossier to test autonomous vehicles put him on the industry’s radar.

The latest AutoX deployments use lidar. Robosense and DJI are the hardware suppliers for the laser configuration of AutoX, an automotive-grade MEMS-based M1 lidar from Robosense. DJI is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles, but has expanded into the lidar market.

This is far from the company’s only foray into Californian roads, on which it has been driving since early 2017, when it was approved to test its cars with safety drivers. In conjunction with the California Public Utilities Commission, AutoX obtained the second autonomous vehicle pilot license and launched its xTaxi pilot programs to the public.

AutoX currently operates robotaxi fleets in two Chinese mega-cities, Shenzhen and Shanghai. The company says the extremely diverse data and experience of its operations in challenging urban centers in China has given it valuable advantages in perfecting its technology faster in a global expansion.

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