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

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

In March this year, that number was at 45.

The company is believed to have shifted focus to creating autonomous auto technology after its plan to build an entire vehicle suffered technical delays, employee departures, and poor focus. At this stage, Apple hasn't been authorized to test self-driving cars independent of human supervision; for that, the company will need to submit a separate permit to the DMV - something Waymo did last month.

The intake is accompanied by 83 drivers who will be testing the vehicles.

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.

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Check out some photos and video of Apple's autonomous testing vehicle here and please follow Gearsofbiz on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates. Apple lags only behind GM Cruise, which has 104 test vehicles on the road. 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 may have more self-driving cars than Waymo in California, but Waymo likely has more overall.

Chief Executive Officer at Apple, Tim Cook called self-driving a core technology that we view as very important.

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.

"We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects". The DMV also revealed that a second unnamed company had requested approval to begin driverless testing, but hasn't parted with any additional details.

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