Apple Now Boasts Second Largest Self-Driving Vehicle Fleet In California

Leslie Hanson
May 15, 2018

Apple is big into the autonomous auto game and reports indicate that it now has the second largest autonomous fleet in California.

Apple has 55 self-driving cars that are licensed to be tested on California roads. Apple's self-driving efforts have been somewhat confusing over the past year or so, with most rumors suggesting that Apple will build its autonomous software/hardware suite but will license it to other manufacturers to use it rather than building its own Apple-branded vehicle.

To put this into perspective, Apple had roughly 45 self driving vehicles back in January of this year.

Code-named "Project Titan", Apple's self-driving programme's fleet is reportedly made up of Lexus RX450h SUVs, each of which is fitted with huge racks of LIDAR and radar sensors as well as cameras.

We also learned from the DMV that Apple has not applied for a driverless testing permit. All of its autonomous rides roam the streets with a safety driver behind the wheel.

Behind Apple is Alphabet's Waymo which now has 51 self-driving vehicles and Elon Musk-owned Tesla which has 39 cars. In 2016, Apple changed its direction when Bob Mansfield took over the autonomous division.

Apple still hasn't publicly announced its plans when it comes to autonomous cars.

What Apple has planned for the autonomous driving software when complete is still a mystery. Apple CEO Tim Cook has called self-driving "a core technology that we view as very important". "It's probably one of the most hard AI projects actually to work on", Cook said last summer.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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