Last week, we received an autonomous vehicle permit from the California Public Utilities Commission. This means Ghost is now authorized to bring members of the public into our growing test fleet to experience autonomous driving, joining a select group of six other companies including Waymo, Cruise, and Zoox.
Ghost stands out as the first permit holder dedicated to bringing autonomous driving to consumer cars, starting on the highway. Unlike robotaxi or delivery services, Ghost makes autonomous driving for cars that people own and drive to work every day. Delivered as software, Ghost is uniquely designed for the mass market, partnering with automakers to bring autonomous driving to the mainstream.
Ghost is starting on the highway because it is the fastest path to transforming the daily driving experience with autonomy. Accounting for 62% of vehicle miles traveled, highways combine the advantages of a simpler environment with the utility of the most common form of driving.
This permit will allow for expanded demonstration of Ghost’s capabilities on California highways – an important step in our journey to make self-driving for everyone.