China-based internet company Baidu has been issued a permit by California’s Motor Vehicles department to test self-driving cars in the state. Earlier, the Chinese web services company had announced its autonomous car in China. The company has made many partners and has been investing a lot in this sector. Baidu has even tested these vehicles in China. Innovations related to technology are not a new thing in the Silicon Valley, hence California is seen as a breeding ground for testing anything new in the scientific world. California has allowed many car manufacturers as well as start-ups to set up research and development departments in the state to test the autonomous cars’ technology.
According to Baidu, it will start testing in California ‘very soon’. In a statement issued by Baidu, the general manager of its autonomous driving cars unit Jing Wang said, “Being able to do road tests will greatly accelerate our progress.” Earlier in April 2016, the company opened its US arm in Silicon Valley announced its plans to get at least 100 researchers and engineers to work by December. This will be the 15th company that California provided the DMV license. Other companies include automakers like Ford Motors and Volkswagen. Even technology companies like Alphabet’s Google, and Faraday Future, a Chinese electric vehicle start-up, have got the permit too.
Interestingly, last month, Baidu and Ford together invested $150 million in a laser-based sensor maker, called Velodyne. The Silicon Valey based company makes these sensors which constitute the basic structure for autonomous vehicles. Even, Alibaba, the tech giant from China have poured in cash and resources in this upcoming sector of self-driving cars.