Apple's Monstrous Self-Driving Car Fleet Has Become Even Bigger

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

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

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 tight-lipped tech giant has rapidly built up its self-driving vehicle program, known as Project Titan, since gaining a testing permit in April of a year ago. In April 2017, Apple had just three vehicles registered with the DMV. Apple actually has more self-driving cars in testing than self-driving pioneers such as Waymo (51) and Tesla (39), as well as big automotive companies like BMW (12), Toyota (11), and Mercedes Benz (5).

UPDATE: Apple has the second highest number of self driving cars after GM Cruise, which as 104 vehicles, as of now. The number of cars is more than companies like Google, Uber, Waymo.

APPLE IS RUNNING more than 50 autonomous cars around California, the state's Department of Motor Vehicles has told Mac Reports. It does not appear on the May 9 list seen by Business Insider. After downsizing the team, Apple made the hard decision to abandon plans to build a auto and focus instead on the core technology behind autonomous driving, e.g. sensors, LIDAR, radar units, AI, and data processing.

Nonetheless, it underlines how seriously Apple is taking this technology. "It's probably one of the most hard AI projects actually to work on", Cook said last summer.

Alongside the new cars, Apple has 83 drivers (compared to GM's frankly ludicrous 407) who need to sit inside every time they move.

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