Apple Has Over 50 Self-Driving Cars On Public Roads Now

  • Apple Has Over 50 Self-Driving Cars On Public Roads Now

Apple Has Over 50 Self-Driving Cars On Public Roads Now

The tight-lipped tech giant has rapidly built up its self-driving auto program, known as Project Titan, since gaining a testing permit in April of previous year.

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

Apple has once again expanded its fleet of self-driving cars in California, according to MacReports.

Apple's fleet is up from 27 cars in January. According to the DMV figure, Apple has bigger self-driving auto fleet in California than Waymo, Toyota, BMW and many more that has makes it the second largest fleet in the state.

Behind Apple is Alphabet's Waymo which now has 51 self-driving vehicles and Elon Musk-owned Tesla which has 39 cars. The DMV has now approved a resounding 53 companies for self-driving auto permits, resulting in 409 autonomous vehicles with 1,573 safety drivers. Apple actually has more self-driving cars in testing than self-driving pioneers such as Waymo (51) and Tesla (39), as well as big automotive companies like BMW (12), Toyota (11), and Mercedes Benz (5). Apple lags only behind GM Cruise, which has 104 test vehicles on the road.

The company's fleet is now made up of Lexus RX450h SUVs, each outfitted with Apple's proprietary technology.

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

"We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects. It's probably one of the most hard AI projects actually to work on". 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.