Apple now has 55 self-driving cars in California

Apple now has 55 self-driving cars in California

Apple now has 55 self-driving cars in California

The vehicles are equipped with advanced LIDAR tools, along with several cameras to sense the entire driving environment.

It has been confirmed by the Department of Motor Vehicles in California that ever since Apple received a permit to test self-driving cars on public roads in the state, the size of its fleet has gradually grown from 27 in January this year to 55 in May. Free for 14 days - no credit card required! In March this year, that number was at 45.

The self-driving vehicle permits issued by California's DMV require a safety driver to be on board to grab the wheel at any time.

As of now, the DMV has not issued any permits for complete driverless testing because for that to happen, companies must have to have a pre-testing of the vehicles in controlled conditions.

Apple has 83 drivers under its permits, which is fewer than General Motors, Waymo and Tesla. First place is held by GM Cruise - this company was 104 self-driving auto and 407 drivers.

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Some other notable entries are Tesla with 39 vehicles and Toyota Research Institute with 11.

In total, there are 53 permit holders for self-driving vehicles in the state of California.

Nowadays, Smartphone Giant Apple back in lamplight for its self-driving fleet.

Didi a year ago opened its main research facility in Mountain View of California, 860 kilometres north of Los Angeles, to focus on developing artificial intelligence, including autonomous driving. In June that year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple was working on developing the autonomous-driving software, which will be added to existing auto models rather than building a self-driving vehicle from scratch.

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