Ford Motor announced on Tuesday that is has secured permission from California to begin testing self-driving cars on public roads starting in 2016.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid will join a growing list of vehicles from companies ranging from Alphabet’s Google to Volkswagen in testing the popular, but still not ready for primetime, self-driving technology.
Other car manufacturers who have already gained approval to test autonomous vehicles on roads in California include Honda Motor, Daimler, Mercedes Benz, Tesla Motors, Nissan Motor, and BMW.
California, Michigan, Florida and Nevada, are the only states that have passed legislation enabling testing of self-driving cars on public roads. Companies must apply for permits to test their vehicles in all of those states.
Google believes the technology for self-driving cars should be perfected and ready for widespread deployment in 2020.