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

16 May 2018

The DMV has now approved a resounding 53 companies for self-driving auto permits, resulting in 409 autonomous vehicles with 1,573 safety drivers.

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

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 auto research. As per the DMV, approximately 51 companies have registered 409 autonomous test vehicles in the state.

Many automaker and ride-hailing giants are in the race, however, Tesla which now has 39 self-driving vehicles and Uber which has 29 cars. Apple may have more self-driving cars than Waymo in California, but Waymo likely has more overall.

UPDATE: Apple has the second highest number of self driving cars after GM Cruise, which as 104 vehicles, as of now.

Each participant in this self-driving auto race must have a safety driver in the vehicle during testing. The next step, of course, is to test these sensor-equipped vehicles without drivers.

Police probe whether Autopilot feature was on in Tesla crash
Police said on Monday that the driver, who suffered a broken ankle, said she had been using Autopilot before the crash. Police say witnesses told them the driver of the Tesla did not brake or take any action to avoid the collision.

At present, Apple has 55 self-driving vehicles that it is testing on public roads.

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

Nonetheless, it underlines how seriously Apple is taking this technology.

Apple has 55 self-driving cars that are licensed to be tested on California roads.

Tim Cook said, "We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects". The recent fatal accident involving one of Uber's self-driving prototypes - apparently due to misaligned software - couldn't be stopped by the test driver in time.

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