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

The 2015 Lexus RX450h is Apple's vehicle of choice

Apple's object-detection software.AppleThese permits enable autonomous vehicles to legally drive on California roads as long as they have a driver behind the wheel ready to take over at the first sign of trouble. Apple is said to employ 83 drivers for its fleet, far less than the 407 of GM or even the 338 Waymo drivers with approved permits. According to the DMV figure, Apple has bigger self-driving auto fleet in California than Waymo, Toyota, BMW and many more that has makes it the second largest fleet in the state.

Behind Apple lags Waymo, which has 51 vehicles registered in California, and Tesla, which has 39 vehicles.

The Cupertino-based tech giant had 45 self-driving cars until late March. That gives it the second-largest fleet in the U.S., ahead of Waymo's 51 cars, but still well behind GM Cruise, which boasts 104.

Each participant in this self-driving auto race must have a safety driver in the vehicle during testing. The company first received a permit to test autonomous vehicles in the state last April, starting with only three Lexus Rx450h SUVs. Apple may have more self-driving cars than Waymo in California, but Waymo likely has more overall. Apple has, again, expanded Its fleet of autonomous cars in California.

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Nonetheless, it underlines how seriously Apple is taking this technology. In addition to California, Waymo tests its cars on public roads in Arizona, Michigan, and Georgia.

But before a company can acquire the required permit, it has to test its cars in a controlled setting.

"We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects".

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