Monday, 20 August, 2018

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

The 2015 Lexus RX450h is Apple's vehicle of choice The 2015 Lexus RX450h is Apple's vehicle of choice
Theresa Hayes | 15 May, 2018, 19:14

One important thing to note here is that Apple has yet to apply for a separate driverless testing permit, which would allow the company to test autonomous vehicles without a person in the auto. That gives it the second-largest fleet in the US, ahead of Waymo's 51 cars, but still well behind GM Cruise, which boasts 104. This would enable them to test autonomous vehicles without a person in the auto, however, these permits were only first released in April of this year. It is clear, however, that while Apple has a permit to test autonomous vehicles, they have not yet applied for a separate driverless testing permit.

Apple has more self-driving cars in California than Tesla, Waymo, Uber, Toyota, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. In addition to the 55 self-driving vehicles, Apple has 83 drivers who are permitted to test autonomous vehicles, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). 51 companies have registered 409 autonomous test vehicles in the state, according to the DMV. That puts it four cars ahead of the latest figures we have for Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving vehicle division thought to be among the leaders in the sector. 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. It does not appear on the May 9 list seen by Business Insider.

The company's fleet is now made up of Lexus RX450h SUVs, each outfitted with Apple's proprietary technology. Its self-driving program is still a mystery; however, it collects data for self-driving software.

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