Chinese self-driving startup Pony.ai has voluntarily suspended self-driving vehicle testing in California after a minor collision during daily testing, Sina Tech reported Monday.
Pony.ai is excluded from the list of road test licenses for automated driving published by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This licensing list once included eight manufacturers, including top US manufacturers such as Waymo and Cruise, and Chinese-funded companies such as Baidu.
An accident report available on the state’s DMV website suggests that at 10:50 a.m. on October 28, the unmanned vehicle developed by Pony.ai, based on the Kona electric vehicle brand, was tested on the Fremont Roads, where the company’s headquarters are located. The car turned right at an intersection and quickly changed lanes to the left for a left turn. But after changing lanes, the vehicle headed towards the middle isolation belt on the road and hit a small traffic sign there, causing minor damage to the front of the vehicle.
After the crash, Pony.ai immediately notified the Fremont Police Department of the specific situation, cooperated with the local Highway Traffic Department to repair the damaged traffic signs, and then submitted the crash report to the DMV. within one working day.
Pony.ai told Sina Tech, “After the crash, we immediately conducted a thorough investigation of the incident and voluntarily halted driverless vehicle testing in California. Additionally, we immediately reported to the DMV and are still in close communication and cooperation with them.
Pony.ai has suspended test drives of all unmanned rides. This is partly because Pony.ai is cautious about technology, and is also directly due to the gradual tightening of the regulatory environment for unmanned vehicles in California and the United States.
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In recent years, several road accidents involving assisted and automated driving in Silicon Valley, California have generated public concern and the attention of regulatory authorities. At the end of June this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued new regulations, requiring all manufacturers of assisted driving and automated driving above L2 to provide reports within a day of the accident and to update accident reports within 10 days. .