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Samsung gets DMV's OK to test autonomous cars in California

Samsung gets DMV's OK to test autonomous cars in California

Samsung Electronics has become the latest entrant into the world of self-driving cars as the company has recently confirmed in a press release that it has secured a permit to test its own self-driving cars in California.

A DMV spokesperson was quoted by the Financial Times as saying that Samsung's permit, which was granted to its semiconductor division, covers three vehicles: a Toyota Prius and two Audi A3s. In all, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has given permission to 39 companies to test autonomous vehicles. Others include Apple, Bosch, Delphi, NVIDIA and Waymo besides regular vehicle manufacturers Volkswagen, BMW and General Motors, among others.

The electronics company will join an extensive list of fellow technology companies already making progress in the self-driving market, including Apple, Google, Nvidia and Uber. Next week, lawmakers are slated to vote on the SELF DRIVE Act that would prevent states from regulating autonomous vehicle designs.

According to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (a Republican), "Self-driving vehicles stand to make our transportation system safer and more efficient". Apple, on the other hand, has recently put the brakes on its self-driving vehicle project.




The company does not plan to manufacture its own Samsung self-driving cars; instead, the Korean firm said it is excited to help deliver the next generation of automotive innovation. Samsung will instead continue to develop sensors that use its AI and deep learning software, as well as other components for autonomous vehicles.

Working with a fleet of Hyundai vehicles, Samsung is busy developing self-drive sensors and systems driven by artificial intelligence.

Samsung first got a permit to test self-driving technologies in its home country earlier this year.


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