Even though it laid off 150 workers last month following a rapid ramp-up, Ford-based autonomous vehicle technology company Argo AI still employs over 2,000 people, but was on a bit of a hiring spree as of late as it aims to have 1,000 self-driving vehicles safely in service across six U.S. cities in the coming years. As Argo and Ford look to start a viable autonomous commercial vehicle business in the coming years, the former is also expanding its operations once again by opening a new test center in Greenville, South Carolina, too, as the city recently announced via Twitter.
🏁 The car of the future will find its need for speed in #GreenvilleSC. 🌎 Global self-driving vehicle company @ArgoAI will bring its test track, training operations and serious “street cred” to the former 🛬 Donaldson Center runways.
Buckle up GVL. pic.twitter.com/rst3SxNDF7
— City of Greenville (@CityGreenville) August 24, 2022
“The car of the future will find its need for speed in Greenville, South Carolina,” the tweet reads. “Global self-driving vehicle company Argo AI will bring its test track, training operations, and serious ‘street cred’ to the former Donaldson Center runways. Buckle up GVL.” The tweet is accompanied by a video showing autonomous vehicles in operation with and without a safety driver behind the wheel.
That last tidbit is notable after Ford and General Motors recently asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to grant exemptions to current rules that would allow both to operate a limited number of autonomous vehicles on public roads that don’t have any sort of human controls on board. In response, the NHTSA published each automaker’s petitions and opened them for public comment over the course of 30 days as it considers the issue, but as Ford Authority reported yesterday, the deadline for public input on this matter has now been extended another 30 days.