Ford Gets California Approval to Test Self-Driving Cars on Roads

Reuters

Ford Motor said on Tuesday it secured a permit from California to begin testing its self-driving car on public roads from next year.

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Ford, which will test its Ford Fusion Hybrid car, joins companies ranging from Alphabet's Google to Volkswagen in testing the fast-growing self-driving technology.

Other carmakers already approved by California include Honda Motor, Daimler, Mercedes Benz, Tesla Motors, Nissan Motor and BMW.

California is one of a handful of states, along with Michigan, Florida and Nevada, that have passed legislation enabling testing of self-driving cars on public roads.

Google and other automotive manufacturers and suppliers have said the technology to build self-driving cars should be ready by 2020.

(Reporting by Kshitiz Goliya in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)