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Waymo, Cruise, Argo suspend self-driving tests on virus fears – Source Reuters Tech News

FILE PHOTO: The Waymo logo is displayed during the company’s unveil of a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) – Waymo, Cruise and Argo have suspended autonomous car testing that involves backup drivers, as the self-driving firms join corporate America to try and contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Alphabet Inc unit Waymo said on Tuesday it is temporarily suspending robotaxi services in Phoenix that require a backup driver, but said fully automated services would continue.

Waymo added it was pausing self-driving tests in California, where 65 companies have active permits for autonomous tests with backup drivers.

“The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has been in contact with AV testing permit holders and there is every indication that they are adhering to federal, state and local public health recommendations,” a spokesman for California’s DMV…

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