Apple's got more self-driving cars on the road than Google, Tesla

16 May, 2018, 14:01 | Author: Jason Torres
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According to Mac Reports, Apple started off testing three cars in April 2017.

After that, Park drones, Apple became the second largest in California.

Just past year, Apple was in the backseat of an increasingly crowded competition for self-driving cars with Google-owned Waymo, Tesla and Uber vying for an edge.

Apple had a tortuous path with the self-driving vehicle technology.

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Apple has 55 permits that allow it to test self-driving cars on California roads, finishing second behind General Motors' Cruise division, which has 104 permits.

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 previous year. Apple has, again, expanded Its fleet of autonomous cars in California. 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). After starting with a secret operation to build a self-driving auto codenamed Project Titan in 2014, the project fell apart in two years. 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.

Tim Cook said, "We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects. It's probably one of the most hard AI projects actually to work on", Cook said last summer.

A newest list posted on DMV's website showed 53 pieces of Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permits (with a driver) had been permitted as of last Thursday, Xinhua reported on Monday.

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