The state of California has given Faraday Future approval to begin testing prototypes of its self-driving electric vehicle on public roads later this year.

Backed by Chinese technology giant Leshi Internet Information & Technology (LeEco), the startup intends to manufacture and begin selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2017.

While the automaker has not yet disclosed details of its self-driving program, sources connected with the company indicate that Faraday began private testing within the last year. Earlier in the month, Jan Becker, Faraday’s senior director of automated driving, indicated that the company would be equipping its vehicles with “state of the art driver assistance systems.”

Faraday is expected to follow Tesla and conduct over-the-air updates of its software.