Bauer's Intelligent Transportation, the operator of shuttle buses that companies use to pick up and drop off employees, received a permit for testing autonomous vehicles from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
As of Friday, Bauer's was one of 31 companies with permits from the DMV, and it's an unusual addition to the list. Since California began doling out permits in 2014, the permits have gone to automakers like Ford and Tesla as well as technology companies including Alphabet, Apple and Baidu and ride-hailing leader Uber.
Bauer's, based in San Francisco, doesn't have any cars or drivers listed under its permit yet, the DMV said in an e-mail. Bauer's did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In addition to operating corporate buses, Bauer's also transports people for special events.
Vehicles that companies test on public roads under the DMV permit must have a way for a human driver to take control when necessary, and companies are required to file reports about those instances of disengagement.