Samsung gets green light to test self-driving cars in California

Though known primarily for handsets like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, Samsung could soon become a big name out on the road.

The South Korean tech giant has been given a permit by the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test autonomous vehicles in the state, according to a list of approved companies updated this past Wednesday.

This isn't Samsung's first brush with testing self-driving cars, as the company was previously granted permission to run tests in South Korea this past May.

Other companies with the same California permit as Samsung include mainstays like Volkswagen, Ford, Honda, BMW and Nissan, as well as relative newcomers like Nvidia and Alphabet's Waymo.

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While a major opportunity for Samsung, it's still unclear if the platform it's working on will be intended exclusively for commercial transport, or if consumer cars will be also be making use of it.

It's also unknown which auto manufacturers hope to use the tech, though Samsung has reportedly been using modified Hyundai cars for its current tests.

Samsung's move to push autonomous vehicle testing also comes at an interesting time stateside, as US legislation is moving to vote on a new proposal next week intended to expedite the deployment of self-driving vehicles nationwide, according to Reuters.

At the same time, another little-known company by the name of Apple, Inc also has a permit to test out self-driving cars, meaning we could one day see the two warring phone makers take the competition out to the streets.

Via TechCrunch

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Publicado el 31 de agosto del 2017