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Ford gets California approval for testing self-driving cars on roads

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday it secured a permit from California to begin testing its self-driving car on public roads from next year.

The Ford logo is seen on a vehicle at Ford car plant in Craiova, 230km (143 miles) west of Bucharest, October 29, 2012. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel/Files

Ford, which will test its Ford Fusion Hybrid car, joins companies ranging from Alphabet Inc’s Google to Volkswagen AG in testing the fast-growing self-driving technology.

Other carmakers already approved by California include Honda Motor Co Ltd, Daimler AG‘s, Mercedes Benz, Tesla Motors Inc, Nissan Motor Co Ltd and BMW AG.

California is one of a handful of states, along with Michigan, Florida and Nevada, that have passed legislation enabling testing of self-driving cars on public roads.

Google and other automotive manufacturers and suppliers have said the technology to build self-driving cars should be ready by 2020.

Reporting by Kshitiz Goliya in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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