Samsung has been granted permission to test self-driving cars on public roads in California.

The permit means its driverless vehicles will be able to travel
on the same routes as cars driven by humans.
The firm has said it had no plans to make its own driverless
cars, but instead will make control systems for so-called
autonomous vehicles.
In May, Samsung got permission to test self-driving cars in
South Korea fitted with its own sensors and software.
The company has taken several different steps recently to
bolster its self-driving car technology division.
One of the biggest steps was its $8bn (£6.2bn) acquisition
late last year of the vehicle audio firm Harman.
It said it bought the firm to help it get established in
“connected” car systems.
The South Korean firm also has a significant stake in car
maker Renault and is believed to be helping it develop its own
self-driving controls.
Despite the connection with Renault, Samsung’s work on self-
driving cars in South Korea involved adapting Hyundai cars to
work on their own.

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