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

Apple now has over 50 self-driving cars on the road in California, expanding autonomous testing

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. That puts it four cars ahead of the latest figures we have for Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving vehicle division thought to be among the leaders in the sector.

The tight-lipped tech giant has rapidly built up its self-driving auto program, known as Project Titan, since gaining a testing permit in April of a year ago.

Currently, the California DMV has provided permits to 53 companies for self-driving cars that include safety drivers, resulting in a total of 409 vehicles and 1,573 safety drivers in the US. 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.

Each participant in this self-driving auto race must have a safety driver in the vehicle during testing. In addition to the 55 self-driving vehicles, Apple has 83 drivers who are permitted to test autonomous vehicles, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

The company's fleet is now made up of Lexus RX450h SUVs, each outfitted with Apple's proprietary technology.

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

As of now, the DMV has not issued any permits for complete driverless testing because for that to happen, companies must have to have a pre-testing of the vehicles in controlled conditions.

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