Faraday Future Approved to Test Self-Driving Cars in California

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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