Apple leads the technology industry in its self-driving California Autotest
In a recent e-mail message to Apple's MacReports tracking site, the California Department of Motor Vehicles recently confirmed that the tech giant now has 55+ – Driver's license and 83 leaders who are allowed to test the technology on the streets of the state. This puts Apple in second place behind the General Motors cruise range with 104 vehicles and 407 drivers.
The registration number of Apple is overwhelming. The iPhone maker did not have a single license in March 2017 and received three approvals in April 2017. In just over a year, Apple has amassed the largest number of self-driving car permits from any tech company. That is, some of its apparent competitors are coming up strong.
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Alphabetis Waymo, for example, now has 51
Although many of the other companies testing self-driving cars in California have openly discussed their plans and strategies, Apple is lipped. And although there were rumors a few years ago that Apple would build its own self-driving car, it is now to work on the technology that will drive a self-driving car. If all goes well, Apple is reportedly planning to sell the technology to automakers when autonomous vehicles start beating with consumers.
Self-driving car tests have been carried out by several companies for years. While the final launch of the vehicles is a bit of a moving target, most industry experts say that the technology should hit the road in large numbers by 2020.