While California has begun allowing completely autonomous human-less vehicles to drive on public roads, the iPhone maker hasn't obtained the permits for this yet. The vehicles are equipped with advanced LIDAR tools, along with several cameras to sense the entire driving environment. The company's fleet of autonomous cars on the road is second only to GM Cruise which has 104 vehicles. Free for 14 days - no credit card required! Apple grew from 3 to 45 between April 2017 and March 2018, now this number increased to 55. In May, Apple got permits for 10 more self-driving vehicles, according to Mac Reports. Then in the issued permits were given only three hybrid Lexus RX450h 2015 model year and six-serving test drivers.
Apple has 83 drivers under its permits, which is fewer than General Motors, Waymo and Tesla. That gives it the second-largest fleet in the U.S., ahead of Waymo's 51 cars, but still well behind GM Cruise, which boasts 104.
Some other notable entries are Tesla with 39 vehicles and Toyota Research Institute with 11. In total, the Department has given such permission 53 companies.
Apple's quickly growing fleet of cars suggests that it's certainly taking self-driving development seriously.
Apple continues to expand the number of self-driving vehicles it is testing on the streets of Northern California, according to new numbers sourced from the California DMV. That puts it four cars ahead of the latest figures we have for Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving vehicle division thought to be among the leaders in the sector.
Apple still hasn't publicly announced its plans when it comes to autonomous cars.