Apple enters self-driving vehicle race

On Friday, April 14, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permits to several entities including Google, Tesla, Ford and NVIDIA, among others.

A Lexus spokesman told The Post he had no "specific information" on why Apple chose its model, but added that its hybrid crossover SUVs "are a popular choice among companies looking to test future technologies".

Back in September of 2016, when it was still only rumored that Apple might be quietly working on a driverless vehicle project, the Inquisitr reported that it looked like Apple might be putting Project Titan on hold for the time being. "This is likely Titan".

A report from TechCrunch states that the tech giant has been granted an autonomous vehicle test permit and this particular permit includes three 2015 Lexus RX 450h test vehicles along with six drivers.

The secretive company that it is, little is known about the autonomous skills of Apple's software, but in a letter past year to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Apple said 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 Inc plans to start testing self-driving cars on California roads, the clearest signal yet that the world's most valuable technology company wants to design or build autonomous vehicle technology.

Instead, he said, "they are working on a transportation platform".

Apple joins a growing list of traditional carmakers, technology companies and startups to conduct trials in California, all vying to be the first to bring self-driving cars to the masses. Apple has become the 30th company to be granted a testing permit.

Referring to the company's letter addressed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a company representative said: "Apple is investing heavily in machine learning and autonomous systems". DMV rules require that a human driver always be seated in the vehicle even if it is on autonomous driving mode.

Officially, Apple has remained silent on its ambitions despite recurring rumors that it is working on an automobile project titled "Titan".

  • Carolyn Briggs