The list of companies testing their autonomous cars in California is getting longer and longer. Subaru is the latest member to join the fray, as the Japanese manufacturer has recently received the Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit issued by the state’s DMV.
Subaru now joins 21 other companies including Nissan, Tesla, NVIDIA, and others that are also testing their self-driving cars on California’s public roads. Some of Subaru’s vehicles that have a camera-based Eyesight system already offer some advanced driver assist features like adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking.
However, the company plans on introducing a number of additional features in the near future. Among these are auto-steering at speeds of up to 40 mph and auto-start and stop in slow traffic. Subaru also wants to introduce semi-autonomous driving capabilities for highways further down the line — by 2020 — including lane switching as well as auto-steering around bends.
As of now, there’s no word on which of these features Subaru will be trying out in California or when exactly will they become available. Nevertheless, it is great to hear that the company has taken the next step and started testing the autonomous capabilities it has been developing.