Honda Self-Driving Cars OK’d for California Roads

The Japanese car maker also has a self-driving car testing facility in Concord, Calif., where these cars get a test run before on-road testing.

Photo Caption: Honda joins a growing number of companies that have received self-driving car permits from the state of California.

Honda has received a permit from the state of California to bring its self-driving cars to public roads.

The Japanese car maker also has a self-driving car testing facility in Concord, Calif., where these cars get a test run before on-road testing.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles on its website listed Honda as the most recent of 10 companies that had received the self-driving permits as of Friday. Other companies already approved include Daimler’s Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Nissan and BMW.

California is one of a handful of states, along with Michigan, Florida and Nevada, that have passed legislation enabling testing of self-driving cars on public roads.

Google and other automotive manufacturers and suppliers have said the technology to build self-driving cars should be ready by 2020.

Apple also is working on a self-driving car, according to a report, and is looking for testing facilities for a self-driving car in the San Francisco Bay area. Apple has yet to confirm the project, but Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says self-driving cars will be a huge market, which is why it makes sense for the tech giant to pursue the category.

[Source:] Reuters



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