Audi obtains permit to test self-driving cars on California public roads

Audi obtains permit to test self-driving cars on California public roads

The American arm of German automaker Audi announced on Tuesday that California has allowed the company test self-driving cars on the state's public roads.

California is not the first state in the U. S. to issue a permit to an auto company for testing self-driving cars on public roads. Three other states Michigan, Nevada and Florida, have also allowed some automakers to test autonomous vehicles. Audi is also not the very first company to receive such as permit from a state government as Nissan, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Ford, are already testing autonomous technology.

However, Audi is the first auto company to obtain a California permit for testing self-driving cars on public roads of the state.

Announcing the achievement, Audi US division President Scott Keogh said, "Audi is a driving force behind the research taking automated driving from science fiction to pre-production readiness. Obtaining the first permit issued by the state of California shows that we intend to remain the leader in this vital technology frontier."

California Governor Jerry Brown was eager to put the Golden State at the forefront of testing autonomous technology when he signed a relevant bill into law in September 2012.

California regulations for autonomous technology states that the vehicle must be registered as a self-driving vehicle with the state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV); the automaker must build a $5 million bond against any potential failure to meet any claims resulting from an accident; place a trained driver behind the wheel to handle any emergency; and test the vehicle in a simulated environment prior to putting it on public roads.

Audi is one of the many auto makers which aim to put self-driving vehicles on the road by year 2020. Estimates suggest that nearly 230,000 new self-driving vehicles could hit the roads per year around the world by 2025.

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