Continental has earned its infinity sticker. The German supplier, which provides components to nearly every automaker on the planet, has joined Google in earning the right to road test autonomous vehicles in Nevada.
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles granted the license for Continental’s “highly automated vehicle” — a modified Volkswagen Passat — after the company successfully demonstrated the car’s system functions, accident-reporting mechanisms, employee protocol and safety procedures.
“Continental’s strategy is clearly focused on making this type of future technology a reality,” says Dr. Elmar Degenhart, the chairman of Continental’s executive board. “It’s clear to us that automated driving will be a key element in the mobility of the future.”