Apple plans to test self-drivings cars in California

Apple has been granted a permit to test self-driving cars on the streets of California. She, however, added that Apple could be a "major player" in the autonomous vehicle industry.

As per information released by California DMV, Apple has been granted permit for three vehicles for autonomous driving. The permit that was granted allows Apple to perform self-driving vehicle testing operations in 3 different vehicles, with 6 different drivers. Now, Apple sits on the list along with companies such as Ford and General Motors.

Apple will chip away at this space, and at some stage reveal their plans - you'd be mad to assume it's the future of Apple, but you'd also be mad to assume it won't be a huge part of their future - this is one company that's very hard to read and predict at the best of times. Moreover, six human operators will sit behind the wheel to monitor the driving and take over when needed, reads the CDMV permission.

With its new permit to test self-driving vehicles, Apple has joined the likes of Google, Tesla, GM, Ford and BMW, which are already testing their respective autonomous vehicle technologies.

Apple has been coy about its self-driving auto project, known internally as Project Titan.

There have been rumors surrounding Apple's ambitions in the sector for a while now.

"It's encouraging to hear Apple is still in the autonomous vehicle game", said Rebecca Lindland, executive analyst at Kelley Blue Book.

"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", Apple's director of product integrity, Steve Kenner, wrote in that five-page letter. It seems unlikely at this point that the company will suddenly compete with vehicle makers with an Apple auto. The ride-hailing company Uber is locked in nasty dispute with Google's former vehicle division, now known as Waymo, over Waymo's accusations that a former company executive stole crucial technology that was later used by Uber. However, the company has been slow to confirm their involvement with driverless cars and has long kept quiet about their plans, per USA Today. So, why do they need a permit for testing?

  • Carolyn Briggs