Nowadays, Smartphone Giant Apple back in lamplight for its self-driving fleet. According to the DMV figure, Apple has bigger self-driving car fleet in California than Waymo, Toyota, BMW and many more that has makes it the second largest fleet in the state.
Last April, Apple first received a permit to test autonomous vehicles in the state starting with only three Lexus Rx450h SUVs. As per the DMV, approximately 51 companies have registered 409 autonomous test vehicles in the state.
On Tuesday, the sources said, “Apple has nearly doubled the number of self-driving cars in its California test fleet. The number of cars is more than companies like Google, Uber, Waymo. Apple is second only to General Motors which performs tests with Cruise – its self-driving division.”
Many automaker and ride-hailing giants are in the race, however, Tesla which currently has 39 self-driving vehicles and Uber which has 29 cars. Sources said that Uber along with Waymo used to have a more autonomous vehicle in California, for instance, both have over 100 self-driving cars in the state before moving part of its fleet to Arizona where additional testing is currently taking place.
Chief Executive Officer at Apple, Tim Cook called self-driving a core technology that we view as very important. Its self-driving program is still a mystery; however, it collects data for self-driving software.
Tim Cook said, “We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects. It’s probably one of the most difficult AI projects actually to work on.”