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Samsung Joins Waymo at Calif. Autonomous Testing Hub

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Jan. 29, 2018—Samsung Electronics recently became the second confirmed autonomous tech developer to begin operations at a planned hub for high tech automotive research in central California, according to Wards Auto.

Samsung, which is interested in augmenting autonomous vehicles but not building them, recently performed work with regard to testing autonomous technology components at the former site of Castle Air Force Base. The first automotive tenant at that site was Google subsidiary Waymo.

The facility essentially serves as a mock city that includes high-speed roads, suburban driveways, railroad crossings, and other closed-course stretches where test cars encounter more than 20,000 simulated driving scenarios.

Buildout of the entire facility, located 80 miles west of California’s Silicon Valley, is expected to take 20 years, all told.

“We are well-poised to really represent the epicenter of what this industry could look like in future years,” said Mark Hendrickson, the director of community and economic development for Merced County, which is leading the project.

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