New Jersey-based tech company is the world’s first to offer self-driving cars

New Jersey–based startup Hailo is poised to start testing self-driven cars in California in less than a year.

The company announced Tuesday that it had completed the first trial of the vehicle, which it says will be used to test driverless driving in California’s Bay Area, and that it expects to test self-drive cars in the state “in the first quarter of 2020.”

The company says it has received more than $1.5 million in investment from investors including Google Ventures, Fidelity Investments, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and other major tech companies.

“We believe this trial will provide significant value for our customers and provide our partners with the confidence to begin testing self driving vehicles in California,” Hailo CEO and founder David Gaffney wrote in a blog post.

Hailo is the latest startup to be linked to the California trial.

In June, Uber also announced a pilot program in which it will test self driving cars in its UberX ride-sharing service in the Bay Area.

Uber is currently the world leader in driverless car technology.

In February, the company announced that it would begin testing its driverless cars in Pittsburgh and Santa Clara counties in California, which has been a major driver of growth for the industry.