Apple may start testing self-driving cars in California indicates permit

But wait. Didn't Apple scrap its Project Titan (the one it never acknowledged until it said it was not going to make any self-driving cars) and start focusing only on the software part of autonomous driving technology?

This permit isn't the first time Apple's company name has been listed in this space, having previously made government submissions - and it's unlikely you'll see Lexus vehicles with an Apple logo on the side.

California requires firms to apply for an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit to allow self-driving cars to be tested on public roads.

As it is now reported, Apple became the 30 company to be granted a self-driving vehicle testing permit.

Apple has remained secretive about its self-driving project.

The Cupertino, Calif., company's late entry into a crowded field was made official Friday with the disclosure that the California Department of Motor Vehicles had awarded it a permit to start testing self-driving auto technology on public roads.

The DMV updated its list of manufacturers testing self-driving cars on Friday, with Apple becoming the 30th company to be granted permission.

According to Apple spokesperson, test drive should improve artificial intelligence systems that must learn the ways to interact with an unpredictability of human drivers. Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo and Uber Technologies Inc.'s self-driving test cars also have people behind the wheel during tests.

The permit does not necessarily mean Apple is building a auto.

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 began to focus more on the self-driving technology past year after re-hiring former hardware executive Bob Mansfield to lead the project.

  • Zachary Reyes