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Apple's California Self-Driving Car Test Fleet Continues to Grow

Apple's California Self-Driving Car Test Fleet Continues to Grow”

Alongside the new cars, Apple has 83 drivers (compared to GM's frankly ludicrous 407) who need to sit inside every time they move.

Little is known about Apple's auto platform, but according to California's Department of Motor Vehicles, Apple now has a total of 55 self-driving test vehicles and 83 authorised drivers. Apple had only three cars on the road in 2017 before expanding to 27 this January and is now up to 55. It is clear, however, that while Apple has a permit to test autonomous vehicles, they have not yet applied for a separate driverless testing permit. Apple lags only behind GM Cruise, which has 104 test vehicles on the road.

Many automaker and ride-hailing giants are in the race, however, Tesla which now has 39 self-driving vehicles and Uber which has 29 cars. The next step, of course, is to test these sensor-equipped vehicles without drivers. Apple may have more self-driving cars than Waymo in California, but Waymo likely has more overall. As per the DMV, approximately 51 companies have registered 409 autonomous test vehicles in the state. It does not appear on the May 9 list seen by Business Insider.

Nowadays, Smartphone Giant Apple back in lamplight for its self-driving fleet. Apple CEO Tim Cook has called self-driving "a core technology that we view as very important".

He added, "We sort of see autonomous cars as the mother of all AI projects It's probably one of the most hard AI projects actually to work on".

Each participant in this self-driving auto race must have a safety driver in the vehicle during testing.



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