On June 28, 2017 SAIC Innovation Center (LLC) officially obtained the California permit for testing self- driving vehicles, that is, SAIC Motor’s autonomous vehicle can be found running on the public road in California.
The permit covers two cars and one driver. SAIC becomes the 35th organization to receive a permit, following automakers Ford, GM, Honda and Tesla. In addition, it’s the first Chinese Automobile OEMs to be granted permit in California. Two of SAIC’s rivals in China automobile market, FAW and Dongfeng, haven’t yet received the approval to test autonomous vehicles in California.