Look Out Google: Audi Gets California Autonomous Driving Permit [w/Video]
Everyone is talking about Google’s autonomous cars, but they’re not the only ones testing out this tech. Audi is also a player and they’re beating Google to the punch in California. No, they haven’t been hiding an autonomous Audi to surprise us all. But they are the first to be issued a testing permit in the state. It takes effect today, so that Audi next to you on your daily commute might be being piloted by, well, no one. RELATED: See More of the 2014 Google Self-Driving Car Prototype
California requires a surety bond coverage of $5 million for each vehicle covered by a license, and that’s all it takes for Audi’s autonomous cars to hit the road. Clearly, at $5 million a pop, there aren’t going to be fleets of the things out there, but they will be out there.
This move by Audi puts the US ahead of both British and Swedish programs. And that's important for Audi, not just because this makes them first and being first is good, but because California is a key state for the automaker. It’s the location of their Electronics Research Lab where they developed the autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak car with the help of Stanford University.
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