California DMV approves NVIDIA’s application for testing self-driving cars

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has granted NVIDIA Corporation the permit for testing its autonomous automobile technology on the public roads in the state.

The development is noteworthy because though NVIDIA is mostly known for manufacturing graphics cards, the company has steadily been pushing into the artificial intelligence (AI) arena in the last few years, with one of its key focus areas being autonomous driving technology.

The approval received by NVIDIA from the California DMV, to its application for testing its self-driving vehicle technology in the state, makes NVIDIA the latest company to join a number of other companies which are already testing their self-driving cars in California.

Some of the existing self-driving vehicle testers in California include Google, Tesla, General Motors, Ford, and Mercedes-Benz, among others. In addition, a few startups - including Faraday Future and NextEV - are also testing their autonomous vehicle technologies on the state's public roads.

Close on the heels of approving the approval from the California DMV to test it self-driving technology in the state, The Verge has revealed in a recent report that a NVIDIA testing self-driving car has already been spotted on one of the roads in the Bay Area.