California has been very progressive when it comes to autonomous vehicles, but the federal government is about to make a move in this area too.
With the foray into the US self-driving vehicle landscape, Samsung will jostle with its friends and foes.
North Korea appears to have conducted sixth nuclear test
A hydrogen bomb, or fusion bomb, is far more powerful than atomic bombs, or fission bombs, that the country has already tested. Defying U.N. sanctions and global pressure, North Korea has been test-firing missiles at a rapid pace this year.
But if you think this means Samsung is going to make its own Apple Car, you're going to be disappointed for two reasons.
Despite not disclosing much information of its plans for the testing and developments in the United States, Samsung told Reuters the permit had been secured "in a pursuit of a smarter, safer transportation future". The modified test cars themselves are commercial vehicles from fellow Korean firm Hyundai, equipped with the latest cameras and sensors. As with other technology companies in this arena, it is unlikely that Samsung will ever build its own vehicles to sell to the public, but will instead offer its technology to established vehicle manufacturers.
"The permission is mainly for developing autonomous driving software solutions", said a Samsung spokesman, adding nothing has been confirmed about test-drive schedules.
Last year Samsung bought Harman - one of the largest suppliers of automotive technology in the world alongside Bosch - and the South Korean company is now ready use that platform to launch into the automotive world.
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