The California Department of Motor Vehicles has issued Baidu USA an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit earlier this week, allowing the company to test its autonomous driving technologies in the state.
“We will start testing our autonomous driving technologies on public roads very soon in California,” says Jing Wang, SVP of Baidu and General Manager of Baidu’s Autonomous Driving Unit. “Baidu has already built a strong team in Silicon Valley to develop autonomous driving technologies, and being able to do road tests will greatly accelerate our progress.”
Baidu USA, a subsidiary of Baidu Inc., is the 15th company to have obtained the permit to operate autonomous vehicles on public roads in California. Mercedes Benz, BMW and Ford are among others.
Early this year, Baidu announced the formation of an autonomous driving team in the United States. The team is part of Baidu Autonomous Driving Unit that operates in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.