At present, Apple has 55 self-driving vehicles that it is testing on public roads. Apple grew from 3 to 45 between April 2017 and March 2018, now this number increased to 55. The company first received a permit to test autonomous vehicles in the state last April, starting with only three Lexus Rx450h SUVs. 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 self-driving vehicle permits issued by California's DMV require a safety driver to be on board to grab the wheel at any time.
Behind Apple is Alphabet's Waymo which now has 51 self-driving vehicles and Elon Musk-owned Tesla which has 39 cars. Tesla had slightly more drivers than Apple at 92, but fewer vehicles at 39. The DMV also revealed that a second unnamed company had requested approval to begin driverless testing, but hasn't parted with any additional details. In total, the Department has given such permission 53 companies.
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We do know that the autonomous auto scene is heating up - Tesla and Drive.Ai are lagging behind Apple, but fellow California-native GM Cruise leads the pack with 104 vehicles with self-driving capacity. The company hasn't been allowed to test self-driving cars without a human safety driver behind the wheel just yet. 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. In June that year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple was working on developing the autonomous-driving software, which will be added to existing auto models rather than building a self-driving vehicle from scratch.