According to the California DMV, Apple has three vehicles registered under the autonomous driving permit, all of which are 2015 Lexus RX crossovers. Under California law, self-driving cars that are being tested must have a person in them who can take over if anything goes wrong.
Apple will soon take its self-driving vehicle software platform to public streets for the first time, a major step that gets the world's largest technology company into a crowded race to reshape transportation. He said that the permit might be related to software or hardware for autonomous technology.
After a five-page letter last November from Steve Kenner, Apple's director of product integrity, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company was under increased speculation that they would enter into the competitive self-driving space.
The company was "excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation", it said at the time. Most of the companies claimed that they would launch the autonomous vehicle in 2020.
Apple has officially reached the starting line in the race to deliver the first self-driving vehicle to the masses. A quarter of all miles driven in the US may be traveled in shared, self-driving electric cars by the end of the next decade, Boston Consulting Group said this month. Chief Executive Tim Cook has suggested that Apple wants to move beyond integration of Apple smartphones into vehicle infotainment systems.
NewsGram brings to you top news around the world today. The Cupertino based consumer electronics giant received a permit from the DMV that allows them to test self-driving cars on California roads.
The company was also at one point thought to be designing a top-to-bottom vehicle, but the company had reined in the project due to a number of obstacles and switched to the more narrow focus of a self-driving platform. Apple began to focus more on the self-driving technology previous year after re-hiring former hardware executive Bob Mansfield to lead the project. But it has often been a follower in markets that it eventually revolutionized.
Rumours about Apple's auto ambitions have ranged from speculation it was building its own vehicle to the suggestion it was instead focusing more on in-car software. This news alone quells one rumor: that Apple was designing its own auto.