The list of companies that have received permits to test “autonomous vehicles” in California has grown to 30, as experts expect a large portion of the auto industry to employ the technology within a decade. The list includes Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), a fact that gained huge press attention. It also includes most of the world’s largest car companies, and a number of obscure operators not known outside the industry.
For the car company applicants, progress in the advancement of the technology is a double-edged sword. It gives them potential sales as the transportation sector takes a huge jump into a new generation of travel. However, the manufacturers face a set of competitors, many of which were not in business a few years ago, and some of which have made impressive strides. The car companies on the California Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program include Nissan, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), Subaru, Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F), and the General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) GM Cruise division.
Several auto company suppliers are also testing in California. These include Delphi Automotive and Bosch.
The Google division of Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) leads the tech companies on the list. It has tested its own self-driving cars for millions of miles and is considered one of the industry’s leaders. This is only good news for traditional car companies if Google is willing to form partnerships with them to power their products. Which companies Google picks in such partnerships would realign the industry in future years.
The entire list, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, includes:
- Volkswagen Group of America
- Delphi Automotive
- GM Cruise
- Faraday & Future
- Baidu USA
- Wheego Electric Cars
- Valeo North America
- NextEV USA
- AutoX Technologies
- Renovo Motors
- UATC (Uber)
And, month by month, it gets more crowded.