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Apple has received California DMV permit for testing self-driving vehicles in California. While other companies working on self-driving technology have shared their plans, Apple has remained silent about its project for self-driving vehicles. As per media reports, the company hired automobile and self-driving technology experts and has setup a team under Project Titan to develop its autonomous vehicle. Recent reports also suggest that Apple is working on self-driving software instead of developing a vehicle, like Tesla Motors and many other automobile companies are doing.
As per information released by California DMV, Apple has been granted permit for three vehicles for autonomous driving. Apple has remained secretive about its self-driving project. As per a report published by Bloomberg, a source in Apple informed that the company would soon start testing its technology on public roads in California.
Nearly 25 companies have been granted permission by California DMV for self-driving vehicles. Many companies have signed up for permit but haven’t driven any miles, as per official data.
As per California DMV, “The California Autonomous Vehicle Testing Regulations require every manufacturer authorized to test autonomous vehicles on public roads to submit an annual report summarizing the disengagements of the technology during testing. This "disengagement report" is due by January 1 of each year. The first report covers the period from the date of issuance of the Testing Permit to November 30 of the following year. Subsequent reports cover the period of December 1 to November 30.”
As per The Verge report, “Late last year, 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.” At the time, it was seen as the strongest hint that Apple was still committed to self-driving technology.”
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