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Apple now has more than 50 autonomous cars on the road

Apple car header from twitter user @idiggapple Apple now has more than 50 autonomous cars on the road
Charlie Simmons | 16 May, 2018, 14:01

In addition to California, Waymo tests its cars on public roads in Arizona, Michigan, and Georgia. It started out with just 3 registered cars in April a year ago, and that number has now expanded to 55.

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 Apple now has 55 vehicles and 83 drives under its permit to test autonomous vehicles, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) said in an emailed response to questions. In March this year, that number was at 45. In May, Apple got permits for 10 more self-driving vehicles, according to Mac Reports.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Apple still lags far behind General Motor's Cruise division, which leads the pack with 104 vehicles. Tesla had slightly more drivers than Apple at 92, but fewer vehicles at 39.

There are 409 total self driving cars.

It's important to note that companies like Waymo and Uber used to have more self-driving cars in California.

Like other tech giants, Apple is keen to get into the vehicle space, with Tim Cook previous year saying that autonomous systems are "a core technology" that the company views as "very important". But building an entire self-driving vehicle fleet from the ground up proved too hard. In June that year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple was working on developing the autonomous-driving software, which will be added to existing auto models rather than building a self-driving vehicle from scratch.

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