You might have heard that Samsung has started a self driving car project. What you probably haven’t heard is the fact that this project is coming to the US. The South Korean company has just received permission from California DMV to test these vehicles on the state’s roads. This branch of vehicles which are to be tested in the US represent an expansion on Samsung’s project.
Many tech companies involved in the self driving car industry
The self driving car industry is quite big in the US, with many companies attempting to design autonomous vehicles. California DMV is the main authority these companies need to talk to, if they want to legally test their cars on public roads. Therefore, the agency’s website contains a complete list of all self driving car manufacturers they are collaborating with.
As expected, almost all big carmakers are on this list. However, they are not the only one interested in this business. Tech companies are up to developing clever systems as well, with Apple, Nvidia, and Waymo being some of them.
Samsung is at the beginning, but its project is slowly growing
Most of these tech companies have publicized their attempts at self driving car development. However, Samsung wasn’t really eager to do that, so the company’s works in the industry are not as popular as others. In May, Samsung received the South Korean authorities’ permission to test the autonomous vehicles. Apart from this, no other important news has been made public.
Some rumors indicate Samsung is using Hyundai cars for testing. These cars are equipped with special sensors, which collect data from the road before starting the driving session. Then, this data will power the self driving system, and direct the car on the road.
Although Samsung took quite a big step by taking its self driving car project to the US, it will still have plenty of rivals. Waymo, for instance, has already collected a huge amount of valuable data on how their system should work in real life. Even so, one more competitor in the industry is always a good thing, as customers have the chance to choose from the best.
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