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Apple Has Bigger Autonomous Car Fleet Than Uber, Tesla, Google

Apple Has Bigger Autonomous Car Fleet Than Uber, Tesla, Google

The company hasn't been allowed to test self-driving cars without a human safety driver behind the wheel just yet.

That makes it the second largest fleet in the state, behind only GM's Cruise.

Currently, the California DMV has provided permits to 53 companies for self-driving cars that include safety drivers, resulting in a total of 409 vehicles and 1,573 safety drivers in the US.

Like other tech giants, Apple is keen to get into the vehicle space, with Tim Cook previous year saying that autonomous systems are "a core technology" that the company views as "very important".

Apple's fleet of self-driving testing vehicles continues to grow rapidly, with 55 self-driving cars registered with California as of May 9, according to DMV figures. The number is up from 27 vehicles back in January this year.

Apple originally registered three vehicles.

Apple still lags far behind General Motor's Cruise division, which leads the pack with 104 vehicles. Apple may have more self-driving cars than Waymo in California, but Waymo likely has more overall.

Each participant in this self-driving auto race must have a safety driver in the vehicle during testing.

The company's fleet is now made up of Lexus RX450h SUVs, each outfitted with Apple's proprietary technology.

He added, "We sort of see autonomous cars as the mother of all AI projects It's probably one of the most hard AI projects actually to work on". The recent fatal accident involving one of Uber's self-driving prototypes - apparently due to misaligned software - couldn't be stopped by the test driver in time.

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