Waymo self-driving cars get green light to carry passengers in California

Waymo’s self-driving cars have been awarded a permit to carry passengers in California.

The state’s Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday gave permission for the unit of Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, +1.15%GOOG, +1.21% to take part in California’s Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service pilot program, though it may not charge riders and an operator must be behind the wheel.

Waymo is the fourth autonomous-vehicle company to participate in the program, along with Zoox Inc., Autox Technologies Inc. and Pony.ai Inc. The permit is good for three years, and is separate from one allowing companies to test self-driving cars in the state — about 60 companies have won Department of Motor Vehicles approval for that.

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