California – Honda just took a big step into the self-driving car technology with its recent approval to test its prototypes on the streets of California. With the autonomous driving becoming a major thing, the Japanese car manufacturer has become one of the 10 companies to receive the approval from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (CDMV).

Honda has begun testing self-driving vehicles and connected car technologies at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, a retired military base just east of San Francisco. Credit: MotorTrend

Other companies that are allowed to test their driverless technology are Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, Google, Delphi Automotive, Tesla, Bosch, Nissan, Cruise Automation and BMW. And with no advance warning, Honda was added to the list during the past week, allowing the company to test in its own facility in Concord, California, where it is currently working on some prototypes.

During last year, Honda revealed a specially modified Acura RLX with all the technology required for a self-driving car. However, since then the company has been very mysterious about what they are actually doing, which makes the inclusion to the California’s DMV list good news. It remains unclear what exactly is Honda testing or manufacturing in its Condor headquarter.

Source: California Department of Motor Vehicles