California approves Subaru for conducting tests on self-driving cars

California's Department of Motor Vehicles has approved Japanese carmaker Subaru for conducting tests on self-driving cars in the state, TechTimes reported.

Subaru becomes the 22nd automaker on the approved list joining companies like Volkswagen, Google, Tesla, Ford, and NVIDIA, among others.

Subaru was expected to test its EyeSight technology, which has been installed in some of its vehicles. EyeSight offers advanced driver assistance features that promote safety first and foremost, which include cruise control optimisation, traffic movement monitoring, lane swerving warnings, and pre-collision braking that applied full braking force upon the detection of an emergency situation.

EyeSight is currently installed on Subaru's Forester, Crosstrek, Legacy, Impreza, WRX, and Outback models, but the approval for testing in California could see the expansion of the technology among Subaru vehicles with upgraded features.

Subaru is reportedly working on features that are activated when vehicles are running at speeds of 40 miles per hour, including the ability to automatically start and stop while stuck in a traffic jam.

The company is also considering adding automatic steering around curves and lane switching, semi-autonomous driving features, meant for highway use, by the year 2020.