California is gearing up for self-driving cars to hit the road. Most recently, Japanese auto manufacturer Honda has received permission from the state to drive its upcoming line of autonomous vehicles on public streets. Honda joins other companies including Google and Volkswagen in being allowed to test the exciting new technology.
Honda is the most recent company to receive a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to make use of self-driving vehicles. Other companies listed on the California DMV website include Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Nissan, and BMW.
Honda has already been incorporating advanced driver-assistance systems into its models of Hondas and Acuras. The company is one of many carmakers that is investing heavily into self-driving technology while some companies, such as Tesla and BMW, already offer semi-autonomous features in their vehicles.
A spokesperson for Honda stated that the company has already obtained an autonomous vehicle testing facility northeast of San Francisco in the city of Concord, CA. At this location, cars can be privately tested before on-road testing takes place.
A handful of states have already passed legislation that allows the testing of self-driving cars on public roads. Other states include Michigan, Florida, and Nevada. Automotive manufacturers have stated that the technology to produce self-driving cars is expected to be available by 2020.