Apple Has Over 50 Self-Driving Cars On Public Roads Now

The 2015 Lexus RX450h is Apple's vehicle of choice

The 2015 Lexus RX450h is Apple's vehicle of choice

Apple has 55 self-driving cars that are licensed to be tested on California roads. According to the DMV figure, Apple has bigger self-driving vehicle fleet in California than Waymo, Toyota, BMW and many more that has makes it the second largest fleet in the state.

Apple has more than doubled the number of its self-driving cars, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has confirmed. It may just partner with auto manufacturers to deploy its self-driving software, like it's done with CarPlay, or it could go back to its original dream of making an Apple vehicle. The number is up from 27 vehicles back in January this year.

Apple has 83 safety drivers taking part in this project who will be supervising the vehicles. "Apple is second only to General Motors which performs tests with Cruise - its self-driving division". As per the DMV, approximately 51 companies have registered 409 autonomous test vehicles in the state.

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It's important to note that companies like Waymo and Uber used to have more self-driving cars in California. MacReports first reported some of the new details of Apple's fleet. But building an entire self-driving auto fleet from the ground up proved too hard. Apple's self-driving auto program is still a mystery, but it appears to be centered around testing and collecting data for self-driving software, instead of a complete vehicle.

Of course, having more automobiles on the road doesn't actually mean Apple has advanced beyond its peers.

The California DMV also told Mac Reports that Apple has not applied for a completely driverless testing permit, which the DMV started issuing in April.

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