Samsung Receives Approval In California To Test Self-Driving Cars

South Korean technology giant Samsung has entered the race to bring autonomous driving technology to market by gaining testing approval in California.

Samsung Electronics Co.’s approval this week by the California Department of Motor Vehicles comes just four months after arch-rival Apple received a California test permit.

On Wednesday, the DMV updated the approved company listing with the addition of Samsung. The company joined a long list of automakers, auto suppliers, and tech companies that includes Tesla, Faraday Future, Apple, Waymo, Baidu, and NextEV.

Testing will also take place in South Korea.

In May, Samsung gained permission from the South Korean government to test an autonomous car. It will operate the test car(s) fitted with its own sensors and software systems to run in Hyundai vehicles. That goes back to 2015, when the company launched a division for developing self-driving vehicle software.

This week’s move is thus another step in staying abreast with whatever Apple is doing in the car sphere as well.

For years Samsung and Apple have been battling each other in smartphone sales, with Samsung’s Galaxy being a predominant mobile device for Google’s Android system.

In 2011, Apple sued Samsung in a northern California federal court. Apple claimed violations of patent laws tied to its iPhone and iPad products for illegal use By Samsung in the Galaxy line of smartphones and tablets. The Silicon Valley tech giant complained that the Galaxy looked and acted too much like the iPhone and iPad.

It’s been an expensive, dragged-out legal fight. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled unanimously to remand the case back to the Northern District Court of California. The district court may require that a new trial be set that could have in impact on how U.S. courts define patent infringements for similar tech products.

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Apple has taken its time to clarify its role in autonomous, advanced vehicles of the future. Last month, The New York Times reported that Apple’s “Project Titan” self-driving electric car has been shelved.  The tech giant has redefined its role as a provider of autonomous systems for automakers interested in going the self-driving car route.

Like Apple, other tech companies, and automakers, Samsung has a Silicon Valley facility in place. Samsung can use its San Jose, Calif., location to develop autonomous driving technology and supply it to nearby clients such as automakers.

Tech giants see autonomous driving as a huge growth market for the near future that they can’t afford to miss.

The Verge


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