Computer chip manufacturer NVIDIA is the 20th company to receive a license from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test autonomous cars in public roads.
The current list includes Google, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, and BMW, but also the rather obscure companies such as Telenav or Wheego.
NVIDIA is mainly known for its graphic processors, which turn out to be ideally suited for the task of analyzing image and sensor data that comes from autonomous cars. NVIDIA processors are also built in in all new Tesla models with the Autopilot hardware kit. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara in Silicon Valley, and went public only six years after its founding in 1993. The company employs over 9,000 people.