The state of California has granted Samsung a permit to start public road trials of its self-driving vehicles.
Samsung doesn’t intend to build the autonomous cars itself, but is developing the technology required to allow the vehicles to self-drive.
This follows a similar decision by the South Korean Government to allow Samsung to begin testing autonomous vehicles on its roads fitted with sensors and self-driving software.
The company’s self-driving division has undergone a significant period of expansion over the past 12 months.
Late last year, Samsung purchased the vehicle audio firm Harman for £6.2 billion. The acquisition was made to help the company establish itself within the ‘connected’ car arena.
The firm also has a large stake in French car maker Renault and is thought to be helping the manufacturer develop its own self-driving initiatives. Despite the link, Samsung’s autonomous projects in South Korea involved Hyundai self-driving vehicles.
Samsung is one of several tech companies heavily involved in autonomous development.
Google, Apple, Baidu, Nvidia and Uber are also fully underway with their own projects.
Many traditional car companies are also pursuing ideas for a future without human drivers.
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