May 24, 2018

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

15 May 2018, 10:01 | Lucia Cruz

Apple now has second biggest fleet of self-driving test cars in California

Apple, Again, Grows Its California Self-driving Fleet, It Has the Second Biggest Fleet (Updated) - macReports

That makes it the second largest fleet in the state, behind only GM's Cruise.

"Apple grew from 3 to 45 between April 2017 and March 2018 and now this number has increased to 55", the report added.

The new figures show that Apple still has the second-largest autonomous-car test fleet in California, which is arguably the epicenter of self-driving vehicle research.

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.

Apple originally registered three vehicles. Waymo, for instance, has hundreds of autonomous vehicles being tested in Arizona.

While this suggests Apple will continue to expand its self-driving auto initiative, it also means that Apple now has the second largest fleet of autonomous vehicles in California.

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Apple still lags far behind General Motor's Cruise division, which leads the pack with 104 vehicles. That puts it four cars ahead of the latest figures we have for Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving auto division thought to be among the leaders in the sector.

Apple's object-detection software.AppleThese permits enable autonomous vehicles to legally drive on California roads as long as they have a driver behind the wheel ready to take over at the first sign of trouble.

Uber left California in late 2016, taking its 16 vehicles with it, after the California DMV threatened to revoke its vehicle registrations.

The intake is accompanied by 83 drivers who will be testing the vehicles.

With a new permit and expanded fleet, things are finally starting to look up for Apple after years of hardship. Waymo applied for that permit.

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