Monitoring the self-driving automobile innovation course of: California AV permits


Since 2014, many firms have utilized in California for testing self-driving vehicles. The record of firms which have acquired a allow can be utilized as a measure for the innovation course of related to autonomous automobile expertise. The graph under exhibits how the variety of firms 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 tip 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 the world over.

Active AV permits by month

Energetic California AV permits by month (Knowledge from California DMV) Up to date: 2018-11-18 (you may must reload your browser to see the newest model)


However neither the variety of California AV permits nor the variety of firms offering self-driving automobile options will develop indefinitely. The time will come the place the trade strikes into the following part, the place the exploratory modes of improvement will likely be changed by extra systematic, managerial approaches and the place commercialization would be the main focus. A shakeout is inevitable. Time could also be working out for individuals who nonetheless need to leap onto the self-driving automobile practice…

– 58 permits have been issued by the tip of June 2018; One allow has not been renewed (Uber), making it 57 energetic permits.


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-2018-11-18: By the tip of October 2018, the variety of energetic permits elevated to 60.

– 2018-09-07: By the tip of August 2018, Mando America Company acquired a allow, rising the variety of energetic permits to 56.

– 2018-08-07: By the tip of July 2018, 2 firms didn’t renew their permits (Wheego Electrical and Bauer’s Clever Transportation) lowering the variety of energetic permits to 55.


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