Apple Gets California DMV's Approval To Test Self-Driving Cars
19 April, 2017, 10:49 | Author: Abraham Jackson
The Cupertino giant has always been rumored to make an entry in the self-driving auto field, and leaked information has revealed that the company named the department "Project Titan". As reported by Bloomberg, the Cupertino, California-based company has been cleared by the state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to put test cars on public roads and Apple will soon be trialing its autonomous vehicle software platform out in the open.
"This does confirm what's always been rumoured: that Apple is at least toying with the idea of getting into the autonomous game in some capacity", Chris Theodore, president of consultancy Theodore & Associates, and a former vice president at Ford Motor Co and Chrysler told Reuters. This is the first time Apple has received approval for such testing. According to the California DMC, Apple has three 2015 Lexus RX crossovers registered through the autonomous driving permit. While the project is rumored to have started previous year, the company really has no choice but to kick it up a notch in 2017 - with Tesla (of course), Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, and BMW all working on autonomous driving systems, the competition is steep. Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo and Uber Technologies Inc.'s self-driving test cars also have people behind the wheel during tests.
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. In a report from CNBC, they quote analyst Gene Munster who suggests that Apple is "almost certainly" exploring building its own auto, but he notes that there are several hurdles that could prevent that from being made a reality. They want to design and develop a self-driving technology.
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