Monday, 24 April, 2017

Apple Reportedly Will Begin Testing Self-Driving Cars In California

Theresa Hayes | 18 April, 2017, 02:42

Of course Apple's competitors have been testing autonomous vehicles long since that time.

The permit does not necessarily mean Apple is building a auto.

Cupertino-based tech giant Apple Inc. on Friday received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test self-driving vehicles on the state's public roads. The permit was granted on April 14, 2017.

The agency said Apple has been given permission to test three cars manufactured by Lexus.

Like others, Apple believes self-driving cars could ease congestion, prevent millions of crashes and save thousands of lives annually in traffic accidents often caused by drunk or distracted motorists.

Per Business Insider, Apple did not comment when asked if they are now "testing autonomous vehicles on public roads". The vehicles are all 2015 Lexus RX450h, according to the DMV.

The secretive company that it is, little is known about the autonomous skills of Apple's software, but in a letter past year to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Apple said it was "investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation".

Apple has obtained a permit to test self-driving vehicles, putting the iPhone maker in competition with Google and others.

If writing a letter to the NHTSA isn't a clear enough sign of the company's intent, then perhaps this latest development of having their name listed as the 30 company to test autonomous vehicles in the sunny state should be enough proof.

What do you think about Apple getting into the driverless auto arena? Apple has remained secretive about its self-driving project. The team still has about 1,000 people, although Apple isn't confirming anything-including that there even is a Project Titan. It seems unlikely at this point that the company will suddenly compete with vehicle makers with an Apple auto. "It could ultimately be productized as a subsystem that could go into another vehicle brand".

Given the scale of manufacturing you need to build your own cars, the odds would be stronger in favour of Apple as a software provider to existing manufacturers in the future.