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California Gives SF Motors Approval for Autonomous Car Testing

New Chinese automaker approved for testing.

by on Mar.05, 2018

SF Motors is moving ahead to the on-road testing phase of its vehicles in California.

The number of vehicles in California with people actually driving may soon be outnumbered those with humans sitting behind the wheel in the event an emergency as another company, SF Motors, announced it has begun autonomous vehicle testing in the Golden State.

The company, which received approval from the California DMW to begin the testing in December, is now testing vehicles on public roads. The company joins several others, including Tesla and Waymo, that can run vehicles around the streets of California.

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“On the heels of receiving our autonomous vehicle test permit in California, we believe this is the ideal time to begin putting our research to the test as we prepare to unveil our intelligent electric vehicles equipped with advanced autonomous and connectivity systems,” said John Zhang, CEO of SF Motors. (more…)

The Chinese Are Coming…In Fact, Some Already Are Here

And a lot more are coming, though some will be built in the U.S.

by on Oct.30, 2017

Volvo will soon add a stretched version of its XC90, the Chinese-made Inscription.

The Chinese are coming! The Chinese are coming! No, that’s not the call of a modern-day Paul Revere, but a warning we’ve been hearing around automotive circles for the better part of a decade.

A number of China’s domestic brands have shown off their wares at big auto events, including the Detroit and Los Angeles Auto Shows, but have yet to make the big leap across the Pacific and actually offer them for sale. That could happen in the very near future. We saw both Chery and Borgward reveal products earmarked for Europe at the Frankfurt Motor Show just two months ago and we’d not be surprised to see more Chinese products at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit come January.

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But for those who still wonder if and when the Chinese will get the quality, design, safety and content up to the demanding standards of the U.S. market, the answer is that they’re already there. And the big surprise is that at least three Chinese-made products are already on sale in the States, albeit wearing, Volvo, Buick and Cadillac badges – and with Ford soon to start bringing in a Chinese-made sedan.

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