More and more automakers are getting approval from California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test their systems on the states’ public road. Honda recently joined the list as published in the DMV’s website. The company has its own vehicle testing facility in Concord, CA which is just outside San Francisco. Its self driving car prototype, Acura RLX, was hacked to have all the sensors and computing power that an autonomous car should have. The prototype was displayed to public last year and since then; Honda was keeping it a low profile.
Other car manufacturers which are permitted to test their self driving cars in California includes Volkswagen Group of America, Mercedes Benz, Google, Delphi Automotive, Tesla Motors, Bosch, Nissan, Cruise Automation and BMW. Other states such as Nevada, Michigan and Florida also have permitted to use their roads as testing ground for self driving cars.
On separate news, ten automakers such as Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo had pledged that they will implement their new cars with automatic braking systems which are using on-vehicle sensors to apply driver’s brake if there is a potential of collision. The news was announced by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Auto Safety (IIAS). However, there is no dateline specified for the total integration.
NHTSA and IIAS also said that they were open to possibility to require automatic braking systems on new cars in the future.