Faraday Future Approved to Test Self-Driving Cars in California

Faraday Future has no plans of slowing down its development.

The mysterious automaker surprised the industry earlier this year at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, debuting the wild FFZERO1 concept sporting an all-electric powertrain with 1,000 horsepower. It also looked plenty futuristic and really made a bold statement that Faraday Future was serious about making cars. Since then, the company broke ground on a $1-billion facility in Las Vegas, Nevada and has been on a hiring spree, grabbing executives from other well-known automakers.

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Not only is Faraday Future considered a future Tesla rival in the electric vehicle space, it has now received approval to test self-driving cars in the state of California. The Chinese-backed company looks to implement self-driving technologies into its vehicles as another way to challenge Tesla.

California has embraced the idea of self-driving cars and has previously approved 13 companies to test autonomous vehicles on public roadways. Those companies include Google, Tesla, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, BMW, Honda, Ford, Bosch, Delphi Automotive and two recent Silicon Valley startups, Zoox and Drive.ai.

[Source: Reuters]

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