It’s no news that Apple has been working very firm on a self driving car. The California DMV has released an up to date list of companies that are allowed to test autonomous vehicles on the roads of California. Apple happens to be in the list.
This does not mean that mean you’re going to see an Apple car on the road tomorrow. But it means the Apple Company can start a real-world tests sometime in the near future
Meanwhile, it’s going to be Awesome to see if Apple is going to use third-party cars with its own technology and sensors. It has been rumored that Apple is now working on autonomous driving technology and not a full-fledged self driving car.
According to TechCrunch, the following statement was released from a DMV spokesperson: “Today, April 14, 2017, the California Department of Motor Vehicles issued Apple Inc. an autonomous vehicle test permit. The permit covers three vehicles, all 2015 Lexus RX450h, and six drivers.” It’s the exact same car Google has been using for its self-driving tests.
It’s going to take years before Apple has a final product. But it’s good to see that the company is still moving forward.
It’s also interesting to note that Apple is not afraid of exposing its cars on the roads of California. Apple hasn’t been as secretive as it usually is with this project. Building a self-driving car requires a ton of data, so the company needs to put its car on the road as quickly as possible.