California State Department of Motor Vehicles said last week that both companies received approval for programs to test self-driving vehicles on public roads in California.
Valeo is a unit of French auto supplier Valeo SA, which joins several other parts makers trying to develop technology that auto makers may need to put self-driving cars on the road.
Wheego, a privately held company based in Atlanta led by former EarthLink Inc. president Mike McQuary is working to design and sell electric vehicles.
Valeo was sent its permit Friday while Wheego got its on Thursday, according to a DMV spokeswoman. Other suppliers licensed for testing in California include Bosch and Delphi Automotive .
Seventeen companies are permitted to test their autonomous vehicles on California roads, according to the state. – WSJ