California’s Department of Motor Vehicles has just granted permission for Waymo to operate its self-driving cars on public roads. The company, owned by Google parent company Alphabet, will begin operating its fully autonomous Fiat Chrysler minivans in Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Palo Alto near its own headquarters. Waymo is the first company to receive permission for what is known in the industry as Level 5 Automation. With the recent acquisition of a further 62,000 Chrysler minivans, the company plans to roll out the fully autonomous taxis nationwide with Phoenix, Arizona up next after California.
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