Chinese startup Pony.ai has started testing driverless vehicles in California before their plans to launch in 2022. They have been given a 39 sq mile area in Fremont and Milpitas, California to test without a safety driver. Pony.ai will need a final deployment permit which only Nuro has received so far. Pony plans to launch commercial Robotaxi services and has already gathered $1bn in funding with a number of partners.
Two people died in a road accident involving a Tesla vehicle, most probably operating without a driver in Texas. Local authorities said that the 2019 Tesla Model S was travelling at a very high speed and failed to negotiate a curve and went off the road. The car crashed into a tree and burst into flames. When the fire was extinguished two bodies were found inside a car, while the driver’s seat was lying vacant.