From Self-Driving Cars to Virtual Road Trips, the Future Is Riding Around San Mateo, CA

Valeo, a French automotive technology company, is already developing virtual reality that makes it seem like your far-away loved one is riding shotgun as you navigate through the Bay Area’s epic scenery and traffic.


Let’s reverse for a moment. Valeo doesn’t manufacture cars, but its inventions wind up under the hood of many automakers. If you have a car, there’s a 1 in 3 chance it has a Valeo system for electrification that includes features such as assisted parking sensors and start-stop systems that are also used in self-driving cars.


The company’s mobility tech center is in San Mateo, CA, which has become a hub for experimenting with self-driving cars. It has been authorized by California’s DMV to put autonomous vehicles on the open roads.