(Reuters) – Zoox Inc on Friday received a permit from California state authorities to test its self-driving vehicles without an in-car backup driver, marking a win for Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN), which acquired the startup in June.
The world’s largest online retailer has been aggressively expanding into self-driving technology, with the company also participating in self-driving car startup Aurora Innovation Inc’s $530 million funding round early last year.
The new permit allows Zoox to test two autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel on specified streets near its Foster City headquarters, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles said in a statement.
Other companies who already hold a permit include Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc’s Waymo, Chinese startup AutoX and Nuro Inc.
Zoox gets driverless car test permit in California, a win for Amazon
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