Apple Has Bigger Autonomous Car Fleet Than Uber, Tesla, Google

Katie Ramirez
May 15, 2018

Little is known about Apple's auto platform, but according to California's Department of Motor Vehicles, Apple now has a total of 55 self-driving test vehicles and 83 authorised drivers.

Apple's 55-vehicle fleet is the second largest in California, behind only Cruise, a self-driving company owned by GM, which sports a 104-strong fleet.

On Tuesday, the sources said, "Apple has almost doubled the number of self-driving cars in its California test fleet".

Behind Apple lags Waymo, which has 51 vehicles registered in California, and Tesla, which has 39 vehicles.

There are 409 total self driving cars. The next step, of course, is to test these sensor-equipped vehicles without drivers.

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Today, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has confirmed (via macReports) that Apple now has 55 vehicles and 83 drivers permitted to test autonomous vehicles.

It's important to note that companies like Waymo and Uber used to have more self-driving cars in California. The DMV has now approved a resounding 53 companies for self-driving auto permits, resulting in 409 autonomous vehicles with 1,573 safety drivers.

The company's fleet is now made up of Lexus RX450h SUVs, each outfitted with Apple's proprietary technology. It is clear, however, that while Apple has a permit to test autonomous vehicles, they have not yet applied for a separate driverless testing permit.

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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