Since 2014, many corporations have utilized in California for testing self-driving automobiles. The checklist of corporations which have acquired a allow can be utilized as a measure for the innovation course of related to autonomous automobile know-how. The graph under reveals how the variety of corporations energetic in California has solely elevated progressively from 2014 to the third quarter of 2016. A steep enhance follows in 2017. The slope softens within the first half of 2018.
After all it will be untimely to conclude that we’re already seeing the start of the top of the S-curve which is so typical for innovation processes. And the California AV permits can solely be seen as a proxy for the bigger distributed self-driving automobile innovation course of at present unfolding internationally.
However neither the variety of California AV permits nor the variety of corporations offering self-driving automobile options will develop indefinitely. The time will come the place the business strikes into the following section, the place the exploratory modes of growth will likely be changed by extra systematic, managerial approaches and the place commercialization would be the major focus. A shakeout is inevitable. Time could also be working out for individuals who nonetheless wish to bounce onto the self-driving automotive practice…
– 58 permits have been issued by the top of June 2018; One allow has not been renewed (Uber), making it 57 energetic permits.
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-2018-11-18: By the top of October 2018, the variety of energetic permits elevated to 60.
– 2018-09-07: By the top of August 2018, Mando America Company acquired a allow, rising the variety of energetic permits to 56.
– 2018-08-07: By the top of July 2018, 2 corporations didn’t renew their permits (Wheego Electrical and Bauer’s Clever Transportation) decreasing the variety of energetic permits to 55.