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A visitor looks at the 'F 015 Luxury in Motion' autonomous driving vehicle at the Mercedes stand on the first press day of the Frankfurt Auto Show IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

(Bloomberg) — Zoox Inc., a relatively unknown startup with the goal of building fully autonomous vehicles, was granted permission by California to test self-driving cars on public roads in the state.

This marks the 12th company to receive such a permit. Others include Google parent Alphabet Inc., Ford Motor Co., Tesla Motors Inc. and Cruise Automation, which was acquired by General Motors Co. this month to help bolster the automaker’s efforts to develop self-driving vehicles. Zoox aims to create self-driving cars for a ride-hailing service similar to those offered by Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc., according to a report last year in the trade publication IEEE Spectrum.

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