Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

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

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

But now, the Cupertino tech giant is reaping the fruits of its ramped-up investment in the new technology, beating out Tesla and Waymo for the second-most self-driving vehicle permits with the DMV, according to a report from the Apple-focused tech blog Mac Reports.

Apple has doubled the number of its self-driving cars this year, and now has the second-largest fleet in California, Mac Reports first pointed out.

Apple rapidly grew out its fleet from three in April 2017.

The self-driving auto permits issued by California's DMV require a safety driver to be on board to grab the wheel at any time.

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Apple has so far been using Lexus RX450h sports utility cars equipped with LIDAR tech and a bunch of cameras, rather than an actual automobile it designed from the ground up.

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

In total, there are 53 permit holders for self-driving vehicles in the state of California.

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.

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It's important to note that companies like Waymo and Uber used to have more self-driving cars in California.

Apple's quickly growing fleet of cars suggests that it's certainly taking self-driving development seriously.

Apple has been secretly working on its own self-driving vehicle program for years, but during that time it hasn't shared much information about the project.

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

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