Apple's self-driving test fleet grows to 55 vehicles

Apple's self-driving test fleet grows to 55 vehicles

That makes it the second largest fleet in the state, behind only GM's Cruise. Between the weird lump-like shape that ended up on the cover of Motor Trend and the sensor-rig equipped test cars that have been spotted all over California, the secret is out but what exactly is Apple doing and why is it doing it so slowly?

Apple originally registered three vehicles.

One important thing to note here is that Apple has yet to apply for a separate driverless testing permit, which would allow the company to test autonomous vehicles without a person in the auto.

Thanks to the California DMV (and MacReports), we know that Apple now has a fleet of 55 vehicles, up from 27 in January, registered for autonomous testing with human safety drivers on public roads. According to the DMV figure, Apple has bigger self-driving auto fleet in California than Waymo, Toyota, BMW and many more that has makes it the second largest fleet in the state. Apple lags only behind GM Cruise, which has 104 test vehicles on the road.

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

The Cupertino-based tech giant had 45 self-driving cars until late March. However, those numbers may be somewhat misleading, since other companies are testing their self-driving fleet in other parts of the U.S.as well. MacReports first reported some of the new details of Apple's fleet.

Nonetheless, it underlines how seriously Apple is taking this technology.

Tim Cook said, "We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects".

Apple, however, has not yet received a permit to test self-driving cars without a driver behind the wheel.

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