Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Apple now has 55 self-driving cars in California

Apple now has 55 self-driving cars in California

The DMV has now approved a resounding 53 companies for self-driving auto permits, resulting in 409 autonomous vehicles with 1,573 safety drivers. Apple actually has more self-driving cars in testing than self-driving pioneers such as Waymo (51) and Tesla (39), as well as big automotive companies like BMW (12), Toyota (11), and Mercedes Benz (5). In March this year, that number was at 45.

It has been confirmed by the Department of Motor Vehicles in California that ever since Apple received a permit to test self-driving cars on public roads in the state, the size of its fleet has gradually grown from 27 in January this year to 55 in May. In May, Apple got permits for 10 more self-driving vehicles, according to Mac Reports.

Apple still lags far behind General Motor's Cruise division, which leads the pack with 104 vehicles.

But driverless auto permits may soon be issued by the DMV; after the DMV's Office of Administrative Law approved the driverless testing regulations in February, the DMV was able to approve applications for driverless vehicle permits starting on April 2.

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On Tuesday, the sources said, "Apple has almost doubled the number of self-driving cars in its California test fleet". After starting with a secret operation to build a self-driving vehicle codenamed Project Titan in 2014, the project fell apart in two years.

Code-named "Project Titan", Apple's self-driving programme's fleet is reportedly made up of Lexus RX450h SUVs, each of which is fitted with huge racks of LIDAR and radar sensors as well as cameras.

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

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