It’s no secret, Apple has been working hard on a self-driving car. Today, the California DMV has released an updated list of companies allowed to test autonomous vehicles on the roads of California. The last name of the long list is Apple.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to see an Apple car on the road tomorrow. But it means that the company can start real-world tests at some point in the future.
In particular, it’s going to be interesting to see if Apple is going to use third-party cars with its own technology and sensors. Rumor has it that Apple is now working on autonomous driving technology and not a full-fledged car.
Update: According to a statement sent to Jalopnik and the Financial Times, the permit covers three vehicles (2015 Lexus RX540H) with six drivers. It’s the exact same car Google has been using for its self-driving tests.
It’s going to take years before Apple has a final product. But it’s good to see that the company is still moving forward.
It’s also interesting to note that Apple is not afraid of exposing its cars on the roads of California. Apple hasn’t been as secretive as it usually is with this project. Building a self-driving car requires a ton of data, so the company needs to put its car on the road as quickly as possible.
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