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The Chinese-backed electric maker has received approval from California’s authorities to start testing self-driving cars later this year.

The California-based Faraday Future, backed by the Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting, has set some high goals beyond making electric cars, as the startup is also looking into developing autonomous technologies. According to Autonews, Faraday has been testing prototype vehicles for the past year at their private facilities and on June 17 it also received approval to test driverless cars on public roads in California. California previously granted permission to 13 companies to test their autonomous vehicles in the state, such as GM’s Cruise Automation, which was acquired earlier this year by General Motors, Google, Tesla, Volkswagen or Mercedes-Benz.

But Faraday Future does not to only limit its tests to California. The director of the Michigan Department of Transportation told the Detroit News earlier this month that the electric newcomer has shown interest in applying for plates to test self-driving vehicles in the state since January and, by now, it has already submitted documentation for three manufacturer license plates. Faraday broke ground on its 1-billion-dollar plant in Nevada in April, as it plans to begin building and selling electric vehicles in the United States next year.

The company has been putting together a reputable team of automotive specialists to compete with the big boys and it has recruited some top managers, including former Tesla executive James Chen and ex Ferrari F1 Boss Marco Mattiacci.

Via Automotive News