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Who’s self-driving?

by David Zatz on

Automotive News used California’s permit process to discover who is testing self-driving cars in the state. FCA’s public policy on autonomous cars is to eventually work with suppliers, rather than to invest directly; for that reason, FCA has supplied minivans to Google. Engineers have learned what autonomous driving systems need from the car, and can built that into future products. Google itself is now running 24 Lexus hybrid crossovers and five Chrysler minivans in California alone.

Former GM subsidiary, current supplier Delphi is testing two Audi crossovers in California; it has others in three states and Singapore. Bosch has a BMW and a Tesla under test. Current GM division Cruise Automation is running 31 Bolts in San Francisco. Former Ford division Valeo has one registered car, a Volkswagen. Chip-maker Nvidia is running two Lincolns in California and New Jersey, for a platform it plans to sell.

Volkswagen is testing an Audi outside of California; Mercedes has five vans and one sedan working on mapping and analyzing data. Tesla has 23 cars being tested in the state, but claims to use customer data for most of its work. Nissan has three Leafs and two Infinitis being tested on both highways and city streets. BMW has one lone test car in the state, as does Honda; the Honda is running in a test center rather than on public roads. Ford’s two Fusions are running on highways, rather than city streets. nas four cars under active testing.

Companies with permits but don’t seem to have been actively testing in 2016 include Apple, Zoox, Faraday Future, Baidu, AutoX, Subaru, Udacity, bus-maker Navya, Renovo, PlusAI, Nuro AI, CarOne, and Wheego Electric.

Favorites for testing are hybrids and electric cars, including the Lexus RX450h, Toyota Highlander, and Lincoln MKZ.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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