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September 11, 2015

Honda gets driverless green light, joins Google & BMW on California roads

Latest car manufacturer to receive regulatory approval.

By CBR Staff Writer

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has given the green light to Honda Motor to drive its autonomous vehicles on the public streets.

The Japanese automaker has joined the ranks of Google that has been testing its autonomous vehicles on the streets of California for quite some time now.

Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Tesla, and Delphi Automotive have also received approval from the regulators under the Autonomous Vehicle Tester Programme, that is administered by the department’s Occupational Licensing Branch.

Last year Honda showcased the Acura RLX self driving Sedan prototype which was tested on the roads of Detroit.

The Acura tested in Detroit featured a blurry spot on the roof, which featured a wide range of radar, sensors and cameras to help the car understand where it was going.

It also featured GPS data including street information and the speed limit to dive on its own on and off of the freeway.

Apart from California, Michigan, Florida and Nevada have passed legislation to allow companies to test their self-driving cars on public roads.

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