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Alibaba-financed AutoX wants to test self-driving cars without humans


The startup thinks it's ready to take the human out of the car.

Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo may have a new challenger that hails from China. AutoX, a startup with funding from Alibaba, has applied for a California permit to test autonomous cars in the state that do not feature a human backup driver, Reuters first reported on Wednesday.

Instead, the permit would allow AutoX to test the vehicles with a backup driver behind the scenes, so to speak, via remote control. Only Waymo currently holds this permit and has started to trial self-driven trips without any human backup ...


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