Samsung Gains Approval To Test Self-Driving Cars In California
Samsung joins a growing list of companies that have obtained permits from the DMV to test autonomous vehicles. Some of the other notable names include automakers GM, Ford, Honda, Nissan, and Tesla
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California has not always been amenable to the interests of tech companies who want advance the category. Near the end of 2015, Google said it was "gravely disappointed" with a set of rules drafted by California's DMV that set certain restrictions on autonomous vehicle use, such as requiring a steering wheel and the need for a licensed driver behind the wheel in case something goes wrong.
In 2016, Google and several automakers formed a coalition to promote the benefits of self-driving cars. The members also banded together to put pressure on the DMV to rescind some of its rules that could ultimately serve as a roadblock to driver-less vehicles.
As for Samsung, this is not brand new territory for the company. Earlier this year, Samsung was approved in South Korea to test self-driving cars. Samsung has not talked a whole lot about its efforts in the category, though it is known that it has collaborated with Hyundai to outfit its commercial vehicles with cameras and sensors. Samsung also signed an agreement with Tesla last year to co-develop autopilot processors for cars.
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