The Subaru Impreza may soon be among the self-driving test vehicles roaming the streets of LA. The automaker was recently granted a DMV permit to conduct self-driving vehicle tests in the state of California.
The Tech Portal reported that Subaru has recently joined the long list of car companies with self-driving permits in the state of California. The Japanese automaker will join twenty-two other companies including the likes of Tesla, Nissan, Ford, Nvidia, Faraday Future, and Google’s Waymo.
California is one of the favored destinations for carmakers who want to conduct public self-driving tests due to the state DMV’s permit program introduced way back in September of 2014. The companies need to only pay the very low price of $150 for them to put their autonomous vehicle on the road to test and collect the necessary data. Additionally, all of the test data must remain public and should be disclosed to the DMV after the end of their testing.
The Japanese automobile manufacturer now has advanced driver assist features thanks to its “EyeSight” options. This technology can monitor traffic movement, optimize cruise control, and warn the drive when they sway out of their lane. Also, there is also a Pre-Collision Braking feature that will automatically apply full braking force in case of an emergency situation. According to Digital Trends, these features are currently available on certain Subaru Impreza, Crosstek, Forester, Legacy, WRX, and Outback models.
The EyeSight technology will likely reach new heights now that Subaru is all cleared for on-road autonomous vehicle testing in California. The Japanese automaker plans to debut several new functionalities, including traffic jam autonomous steering and navigation. The new features will allegedly work in traffic at speeds of up to 40 mph. Additionally, Subaru also hopes to provide semi-autonomous driving capabilities by 2020. The cars will be able to control lane switching and follow basic roads around curves all without human assistance.
The self-driving Subaru Impreza and other vehicles to be tested by the Japanese carmaker will soon be testing on the public roads of California. Are you excited for a self-driving Impreza or would you rather have a Crosstek, Forester, Legacy, WRX, or Outback model? Share your thoughts and comments below!