Many automakers are betting big on the fact that autonomous cars will be the future of both commercial and private use of vehicles. Therefore, more and more companies have begun testing their autonomous technology in the US. California has been at the forefront of this tech revolution, as it has allowed a number of major companies like Tesla, Mercedes, Google to test their autonomous cars in the state. Now, Subaru is joining that list.
The previous Friday, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles has announced that Subaru has been to its constantly growing list of companies able to test out this type of tech on the public roads. With the addition of Subaru, a number of 22 companies are currently testing cars in California.
Regarding self-driving technology, Subaru cars already feature an advanced feature for driver assist known as EyeSight. According to the company, it’s the pinnacle of the company’s researcher and the knowledge of its engineering. The system includes features such as cruise control optimization, lane swerving warnings, traffic movement, as well as pre-collision braking. However, these features are only available on a limited number of models such as the Forested, Impreza, Legacy, Crosstrek, Outback and WRX.
The Japanese carmaker plans to debut an improved EyeSight autonomous car system which will include various new functions such as autonomous steering and navigation for traffic jams. These features and other would work at speed of up to 40 mph. Furthermore, Subaru hopes to release at least semi-autonomous cars by 2020, to allow the vehicles to control their own lane switch and even follow roads around curves and corners, without any human actions.
Subaru as well as other autonomous tech companies from established automakers like Volkswagen to Google have been able to test out their self-driving technology in California thanks to the DMV permit program which launched back in 2014. Owning this permit allows companies to test out cars in real-life situations like the state’s highways and city streets.
However, other states in the US like Michigan, are trying to catch up with California and its acceptance of autonomous cars. Michigan introduced new legislation in order to appeal to autonomous tech companies.
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