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Alphabet's Waymo, GM's Cruise Get California DMV Approval to Run Commercial Autonomous Car Services

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Part of a fleet of self-driving cars awaiting deployment.

Both companies have been testing fleets of autonomous vehicles in California with permits that allow for free driverless rides to passengers in test vehicles.

Credit: CNBC

GM-based Cruise and Alphabet's Waymo were granted autonomous vehicle deployment permits from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

This will allow them to charge fees and receive compensation for ride-hailing and other autonomous services offered to the public in certain areas.

However, the companies also need approval from the California Public Utilities Commission before they can offer such services to the general public outside of a testing program.

The new authorization allows Cruise vehicles to operate on public roads in certain areas of San Francisco between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. at speeds no faster than 30 mph, while Waymo can operate in designated parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties at speeds no faster than 65 mph.

Both companies are permitted to operate vehicles in light rain or fog.

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