British driverless car champion to take on US tech giants

British driverless car champion Wayve is planning to put its cars on the streets of San Francisco, challenging US tech giants including Elon Musk’s Tesla and Google’s Waymo in their own backyard.

The self-driving car company, which last month raised over $1bn (£780m) for its technology, is laying the groundwork for deploying its fleet in the US, hiring staff to coordinate its test drivers and safety operators.

A Wayve spokesman confirmed the company would soon be putting cars on US roads: “We will be doing data collection in the US to prepare for Level 2 ADAS [advanced driver assistance system] testing in the future.”

At so-called “Level 2” autonomous driving, its cars require a human being to be ready to take control, but they can drive hands-free in many situations.

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