Apple now has 55 self-driving cars in California

James Marshall
May 15, 2018

Chief Executive Officer at Apple, Tim Cook called self-driving a core technology that we view as very important.

Today, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has confirmed (via macReports) that Apple now has 55 vehicles and 83 drivers permitted to test autonomous vehicles. Waymo, for instance, has hundreds of autonomous vehicles being tested in Arizona.

Apple's object-detection software.AppleThese permits enable autonomous vehicles to legally drive on California roads as long as they have a driver behind the wheel ready to take over at the first sign of trouble. Sources said that Uber along with Waymo used to have a more autonomous vehicle in California, for instance, both have over 100 self-driving cars in the state before moving part of its fleet to Arizona where additional testing is now taking place.

The Cupertino-based tech giant had 45 self-driving cars until late March.

At present, Apple has 55 self-driving vehicles that it is testing on public roads.

Apple's test vehicles are Lexus RX450h sports utility vehicles fitted with advanced LIDAR equipment and numerous cameras. The California DMV has began issuing driverless permits in April of this year.

Behind Apple is Alphabet's Waymo which now has 51 self-driving vehicles and Elon Musk-owned Tesla which has 39 cars.

Apple still hasn't publicly announced its plans when it comes to autonomous cars.

What Apple has planned for the autonomous driving software when complete is still a mystery.

"We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects. It's probably one of the most hard AI projects actually to work on".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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