California now has a total of twenty-two companies which can test autonomous vehicles on its streets and the latest entrant is Japanese company Subaru.
On February 9 the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) of California issued Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit. If an accident is involved the permit-holder need to inform the DMV and annual report is to be filed too outlining how many times a prototyps’s autonomous systems were activated.
The other 21 companies who have been permitted to test driverless cars in the state are:
Volkswagen Group of America
GM Cruise LLC
Faraday & Future Inc.
Baidu USA LLC
Wheego Electric Cars Inc.
Valeo North America, Inc.
NextEV USA, Inc.
AutoX Technologies Inc
Some of the existing models of Sabaru cars already have assisted driving features that is based on camera-based Eyesight system like sway warning, pre-collision braking and cruise control.
However, it is learned the auto giant is currently developing new capabilities too that is meant to be revealed soon and those include auto-start and stop in slow traffic.
By 2020 Sabaru claimes to be launching semi-autonomous driving capabilities for highest too.