Faraday Future gets green light for autonomous car testing


China-backed manufacturer Faraday Future has been given permission to test its autonomous vehicles on the roads of California.

Alongside Faraday Future, 13 other companies were given the green light to test autonomous vehicles on the public highway. They range from Silicon Valley startups like Zoox and Drive.ai, to established car industry names such as Nissan and BMW.

The famously mysterious car maker is based in Los Angeles, and recently began work on its new manufacturing facility in Nevada. The complex is set to cost $1 billion and cover 900 acres, as the company aims to have its first vehicles rolling off the production line in 2018.

Little is known about what type of cars we can expect from Faraday Future, other than that they will have electric propulsion and autonomous features.

So far the only vehicle it has revealed is the FFZero1 concept, pictured. The luxury hypercar has an electric motor at each wheel, making a total of 1000bhp. Faraday Future claims the car can accelerate from 0-60mph in under three seconds, with a top speed of more than 200mph.

Faraday Future gets green light for autonomous car testing

Faraday Future gets green light for autonomous car testing

Richard Kim, Head of Design, Faraday Future, said: "The FFZERO1 Concept is an amplified version of the design and engineering philosophies informing FF's forthcoming production vehicles.

"This project liberated our designers and inspired new approaches for vehicle forms, proportions and packaging that we can apply to our upcoming production models."

Faraday Future clearly intends to disrupt the automotive industry as we know it, claiming it is "developing clean, intuitive, seamlessly connected electric vehicles that will advance future mobility solutions for society by consistently challenging the status quo, reinventing our processes, and embracing new technologies."