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Apple is going to start testing self-driving cars

Apple is going to start testing self-driving cars

"[Apple's] permit covers three vehicles, all 2015 Lexus RX450h, and six drivers", a DMV spokeswoman told Business Insider.

While Apple has not officially confirmed its autonomous vehicle efforts, the New York Times reported in September that the company had laid off dozens of workers from its self-driving auto project known as Project Titan.

The same permit granted to Apple was also granted to 29 other companies that include Mercedes, Volkswagen, BMW, Bosch, Nissan, Honda and Ford among others.

There have been rumors surrounding Apple's ambitions in the sector for a while now. Apple's Project Titan, at one point was believed to have over 1000 employees that were working on it.

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Some predicted that the company would itself be producing drivable vehicles.

With major Silicon Valley tech firms and US carmakers jumping into the frenzy to bring the technology to the market, the possibility that Apple will join the fray has fascinated the valley.

My personal guess would be that Apple is working towards the development of complete self-driving vehicle tech + vehicle operating systems - in other words, towards development of Apple-branded self-driving vehicle operating systems and hardware.

"Apple could bring innovation to either cars being retrofitted with the self-driving technology, or to new ones designed from scratch".

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We've been hearing that Apple was quietly getting into the self-driving vehicle game since early 2015, and in August of that year, we learned they had already sought out a testing site in Contra Costa County.

According to Autotrader executive analyst, Michelle Kreb, few details have been revealed about Apple's plans for self-driving cars.

She added that Apple's entry into the self-driving wars will push the industry to "provide a product that's not only safer, but more secure at a potentially even faster timeline than we're already experiencing".

According to Loup Ventures founder Gene Munster, the permit to test cars in California was not a surprise.

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