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

16 May, 2018, 14:00 | Author: Sheila Harris
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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. Since last April, Apple has been steadily adding new vehicles to its fleet, all of which are equipped with the autonomous driving software that Apple is developing.

Apple now has a 55 self-driving cars registered to the Department of motor vehicles California. In May, Apple got permits for 10 more self-driving vehicles, according to Mac Reports.

Apple's 55-vehicle fleet is the second largest in California, behind only Cruise, a self-driving company owned by GM, which sports a 104-strong fleet.

Some other notable entries are Tesla with 39 vehicles and Toyota Research Institute with 11.

We also learned from the DMV that Apple has not applied for a driverless testing permit.

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This indicates a margin of error that's worth considering before rushing into fully self-driving trials; before the public can accept autonomous cars as a reliable alternative, companies need to gain its trust.

Apple had a tortuous path with the self-driving auto technology.

Like other tech giants, Apple is keen to get into the vehicle space, with Tim Cook a year ago saying that autonomous systems are "a core technology" that the company views as "very important". By March of this year, the company had 45 cars on the road.

Interestingly, only in June 2017, the head of Apple Tim cook for the first time confirmed that his company has a division that develops technology for Autonomous cars.

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