Apple gets green light to test self-driving cars

It seems unlikely at this point that the company will suddenly compete with vehicle makers with an Apple auto. "The company is investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation", the company said in December 2015 while being questioned about its rumoured self-driving vehicle project.

San Francisco - Apple plans to start testing self-driving cars on California roads, but it is not clear whether the world's most valuable tech company wants to design or build autonomous vehicle technology.

The DMV has granted dozens of companies the rights to operate self-driving cars in California.

"This does confirm what's always been rumored: that Apple is at least toying with the idea of getting into the autonomous game in some capacity", Chris Theodore, former vice president and enter at Ford, said, via Automotive News.

That leads us to believe that we could soon see at least three 2015 Lexus RX crossovers on California's public roads sporting Apple's self-driving technology.

Chinese tech giant Baidu, which is working on autonomous driving at its California research center, this week announced the acquisition of xPerception, a USA startup that provides visual perception software, along with services and devices for people who are visually impaired.

Auto manufacturers such as BMW, Volkswagen, Tesla, Ford and General Motors have always been in the race including tech firms google and Uber. Apple has reportedly a thousand workers assigned to the Project Titan.

As per The Verge report, "Late past year, Apple submitted a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in which it said that it was "investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation".

Apple has long kept its interest in self-driving technology under the radar.

  • Zachary Reyes