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. 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. Some others on the list like Tesla, Uber and Google have already completed thousands of miles in test runs while Apple is yet to project any vehicle on public roads for test runs.
The secretive Cupertino firm has never confirmed rumors that it's running "Project Titan" to produce an electric auto that may be autonomous.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted Apple a permit to test self-driving vehicles in the state, the regulatory body recently revealed. Apple is set to debut a self-driving auto. The permit that was granted allows Apple to perform self-driving vehicle testing operations in 3 different vehicles, with 6 different drivers.
In another sign of the investment in self-driving cars, GM said this week it will add more than 1,100 jobs in California over five years at its Cruise Automation unit to boost its self-driving efforts. Neil Cybart, from Above Avalon site said, "Apple is working on a transportation platform Instead of selling cars".
Late past year, Apple revealed it is investing heavily in autonomous vehicles in a letter asking the government to make it easier to develop self-driving cars.
Apple didn't respond to a request for a comment on news related to the permit.
"Apple uses machine learning to make its products and services smarter, more intuitive and more personal".
Officially, Apple has remained silent on its ambitions despite recurring rumors that it is working on an automobile project titled "Titan".