Apple added to self -driving test permit list

16 April, 2017, 02:13 | Author: Alicia Barber
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On Friday, April 14, California's DMV updated their webpage on Testing of Autonomous Vehicles, officially adding Apple's name to the list of companies allowed to test autonomous vehicles in the State. Forgive us for burying the lede bit with a wonderful old time Steve Jobs reference, but regardless, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted the company permission to test self-driving vehicles on public roads.

By no means does this confirm an "Apple Car", in fact the permit granted to Apple covers the use of Lexus RX450h vehicles. Now out of nowhere there is proof that Apple is working on self-driving cars.

Late a year ago, Apple submitted a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in which it said that 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 is investing heavily in machine learning and autonomous systems", the company said then.

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The self-driving auto platform is designed so that Apple could choose to open it up to existing carmakers or eventually port it to an Apple-designed vehicle. With the move, Apple has joined Google, Tesla, Ford, BMW, Subaru, General Motors and other major automakers and tech companies in developing driver-less technology. Apple's Project Titan, at one point was believed to have over 1000 employees that were working on it. Did the permit issued by the DMV answer the question? So, why do they need a permit for testing? Now it appears that Apple are shortly to reveal what it has been up to in relation to automotive-related projects. Apple has remained secretive about its self-driving project. He expects the firm is creating a safe and effective autonomous-driving system based on computer vision, laser-based navigation and mapping, while also building an in-car environment for passengers that leverages Apple's dominant position in entertainment and workspace technology. If he has never confirmed the existence of this program, CEO Tim Cook repeatedly made remarks likely to fuel speculation.

Encountering self-driving cars in California is a daily occurrence for those living around Silicon Valley.

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