Apple Has Over 50 Self-Driving Cars On Public Roads Now

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The Cupertino-based tech giant had 45 self-driving cars until late March.

That makes it the second largest fleet in the state, behind only GM's Cruise. The company's fleet of autonomous cars that are out on public roads is gradually increasing and according to a new report, Apple has a total of over 50 autonomous cars on public roads as of now.

Apple has more than doubled the number of its self-driving cars, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has confirmed. According to the DMV figure, Apple has bigger self-driving vehicle fleet in California than Waymo, Toyota, BMW and many more that has makes it the second largest fleet in the state. The number is up from 27 vehicles back in January this year.

Behind Apple is Alphabet's Waymo which now has 51 self-driving vehicles and Elon Musk-owned Tesla which has 39 cars. That puts it four cars ahead of the latest figures we have for Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving vehicle division thought to be among the leaders in the sector. General Motors' Cruise Automation division has 104 cars and 407 drivers, according to the DMV figures.

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

Chief Executive Officer at Apple, Tim Cook called self-driving a core technology that we view as very important.

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

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".

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