Faraday Future concept car
Faraday Future has received California's approval to begin self-driving cars on public roads in the state.
According to Automotive News, tests will begin later this year...we assume on plug-in electric vehicles the company intends to one day show and sell to the public.
There is no details on the approach that will be taken, but it was open secret that Faraday Future (and Chinese partner LeEco) are working on advanced autonomous driving capability.
"Jan Becker, senior director of automated driving at Faraday's San Jose tech center, said in an early June interview with Reuters that the company's electric vehicles would have "state of the art driver assistance systems." Such systems provide the foundation for full self-driving capability.
Becker declined to give specifics on the company's plans to add self-driving capability, but said such systems, when introduced, would offer automatic over-the-air software updates similar to those provided by Tesla."
Companies that are currently approved to test self-driving cars in California are:
- Alphabet (Google)
- Cruise Automation (acquired by GM)
- Delphi Automotive
- Faraday Future (new)
- Mercedes-Benz (Daimler)
- Robert Bosch
- Tesla Motors