Apple Secures Permit to Test Self-Driving Cars in California

Last month the California DMV said it would ease some restrictions on testing self-driving vehicles, potentially paving the way for the public use of robot cars as early as next year.

The Cupertino tech giant is the latest entry on the list of some 30 companies authorized by the state Department of Motor Vehicles to test autonomous vehicles. The permit clears the way for testing of "three vehicles, all 2015 Lexus RX540h (models), and six drivers".

Apple will soon begin testing self-driving software with existing cars, Bloomberg reported, attributing the information to a person familiar with the matter. And now it's taking a step forward, with California regulators announcing Friday that Apple has received a permit to test autonomous vehicles on state roads.

The company now joins an extensive group which includes BMW, Honda, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes, Tesla, and Volkswagen as well as rivals such as Google.

Encountering self-driving cars in California is a daily occurrence for those living around Silicon Valley.

This is confirmation that Apple continues to work on a self-driving auto, which the company has not previously discussed in public or confirmed beyond an advisory letter to the NHTSA in December.

Apple is now employing the use of machine learning to make its products and services smarter, and as a result, more intuitive.

Some reports suggested Apple's new vehicle could be powered exclusively by battery-electric technology, much like cars produced by Tesla. Apple has been working on Project Titan for several years, but has never formally acknowledged it. California then revoked the registrations of the company's cars, so Uber took its test cars to Arizona, where no such registration is required.

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  • Patricia Jimenez