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Cruise and Waymo Get Permits for Autonomous Driving Services in California

A Waymo Self Driving Car As Google Offshoot Tests The Price Of Rides
Photographer: Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg

Cruise LLC, the self-driving vehicle startup majority owned by General Motors Co., and Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo have received permits to charge for autonomous vehicle services in California, advancing the efforts of both companies to build a robo-taxi business.

The permit issued to Cruise lets the company charge for driverless freight services in parts of San Francisco, the California Department of Motor Vehicles said Thursday in a statement. Waymo can operate self-driving vehicles with a safety driver in parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties, Waymo and the department said. Both companies need a permit from the California Public Utility Commission to transport people for fares without a safety driver.