Apple has over 50 self-driving cars on California roads

The 2015 Lexus RX450h is Apple's vehicle of choice

In March this year, that number was at 45. Since obtaining a permit to test autonomous vehicles, Apple's fleet size has steadily risen - from a scant three test cars, to 27 in January, and now, 55 intelligent machines.

There are 409 total self driving cars.

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

Apple's autonomous vehicle program is one of the biggest known secrets in the tech industry. In addition to California, Waymo tests its cars on public roads in Arizona, Michigan, and Georgia. Leading the pack is GM with 104 vehicles, while Waymo is in third place with 51 cars.

Apple's object-detection software.AppleThese permits enable autonomous vehicles to legally drive on California roads as long as they have a driver behind the wheel ready to take over at the first sign of trouble. Waymo, for example, used to have over 100 self-driving cars in the state before moving part of its fleet to Arizona and MI, where additional testing is now taking place.


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

We do know that the autonomous auto scene is heating up - Tesla and Drive.Ai are lagging behind Apple, but fellow California-native GM Cruise leads the pack with 104 vehicles with self-driving capacity.

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

"We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects".

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

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