Apple's autonomous fleet is now the second-largest in the USA

Apple now has over 50 self-driving cars on the road in California, expanding autonomous testing

Apple now has over 50 self-driving cars on the road in California, expanding autonomous testing

Apple has doubled the number of its self-driving cars this year, and now has the second-largest fleet in California, Mac Reports first pointed out. That gives it the second-largest fleet in the U.S., ahead of Waymo's 51 cars, but still well behind GM Cruise, which boasts 104. That puts it four cars ahead of the latest figures we have for Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving auto division thought to be among the leaders in the sector.

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 has 51 cars in the state, but also has 338 registered drivers. However, those numbers may be somewhat misleading, since other companies are testing their self-driving fleet in other parts of the U.S.as well.

Nonetheless, it underlines how seriously Apple is taking this technology. After downsizing the team, Apple made the hard decision to abandon plans to build a vehicle and focus instead on the core technology behind autonomous driving, e.g. sensors, LIDAR, radar units, AI, and data processing. In addition to California, Waymo tests its cars on public roads in Arizona, Michigan, and Georgia.


He added, "We sort of see autonomous cars as the mother of all AI projects It's probably one of the most hard AI projects actually to work on. It's probably one of the most hard AI projects actually to work on".

As of now, the DMV has not issued any permits for complete driverless testing because for that to happen, companies must have to have a pre-testing of the vehicles in controlled conditions.

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