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Professor Helveston Comments on Chinese Firms Decision to Stop Testing on Californian Roads

February 14, 2024

Professor John Helveston

Business Insider (BI) reported on Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi’s withdrawal from California’s autonomous vehicle testing program in the article, “Chinese Tech Startups Quietly Stop Testing Driverless Cars on California Roads.” The author interviewed assistant professor of engineering management and systems engineering John Helveston for his expertise on the matter.

Here is an excerpt from the article: “[Didi’s exit from California] could very well be a reaction to souring US-China relations, but that’s been an issue for years now, so I think it may have more to do with the recent issue with Cruise and seeing how California has reacted to it,” Helveston told BI.

Read the full article in Business Insider.