Apple now has 55 self-driving cars in California

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San Francisco, May 15 (IANS) With 55 self-driving cars and 83 drivers, Apple now has the second highest number of self-driving cars in the US state of California where autonomous vehicles are being tested.

The Cupertino-based tech giant had 45 self-driving cars until late March.

“Apple has the second highest number of self-driving cars after General Motor’s Cruise, which has 104 vehicles as of now,” MacReports reported late on Monday.

“Apple grew from 3 to 45 between April 2017 and March 2018 and now this number has increased to 55,” the report added.

Behind Apple is Alphabet’s Waymo which currently has 51 self-driving vehicles and Elon Musk-owned Tesla which has 39 cars.

Currently, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has provided permits to 53 companies for self-driving cars that include safety drivers, resulting in a total of 409 vehicles and 1,573 safety drivers in the US.

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As of now, the DMV has not issued any permits for complete driverless testing because for that to happen, companies must have to have a pre-testing of the vehicles in controlled conditions.

“The DMV is currently reviewing two driverless testing permit applications,” a DMV spokesperson reportedly told TechCrunch.

Code-named “Project Titan”, Apple’s self-driving programme’s fleet is reportedly made up of Lexus RX450h SUVs, each of which is fitted with huge racks of LIDAR and radar sensors as well as cameras.

–IANS

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