Apple now has more than 50 autonomous cars on the road

Apple now has more than 50 autonomous cars on the road

Next in the list followed by Tesla (39 vehicles), Drive.Ai (14 cars) and Zoox Inc (12 cars).

According to the Department of motor vehicles California, now registered in the state of unmanned vehicles is 409 units, a license for their testing got nearly 1600 drivers.

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California actually allows for fully self-driving cars these days without a human driver, although Apple isn't at that level yet - it still lacks the permits to test those, so its fleet of vehicles includes a safety driver behind the wheel at all times. Apple lags only behind GM Cruise, which has 104 test vehicles on the road. The company first received a permit to test autonomous vehicles in the state last April, starting with only three Lexus Rx450h SUVs. Waymo, for instance, has hundreds of autonomous vehicles being tested in Arizona.

Apple's fleet is up from 27 cars in January. This is pretty much what all its rivals have been doing as well, but in Apple's case the brand may never progress to the point where it'll be building its own self-driving electric vehicle.

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Didi past year 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. By March of this year, the company had 45 cars on the road. The fact that it's adding more cars to its fleet suggests that this new line of thinking is working out for it. There is no indication that Apple is testing autonomous cars outside its home state. "It's probably one of the most hard AI projects actually to work on", Cook said last summer.

We also learned from the DMV that Apple has not applied for a driverless testing permit.

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