Apple Expands California Self-Driving Test Fleet to 27 Cars


According to Bloomberg, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has revealed that Apple has registered 24 more Lexus RX450h sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) since receiving a permit to test three autonomous cars in California past year.

California's Department of Motor vehicles past year authorized Apple to test self-driving vehicles in the state.

The test fleet started off with three Lexus Rx450h SUVs receiving permits in April.

CEO Tim Cook acknowledged for the first time in June that the company had a team developing autonomous vehicle technology.

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This means that Apple can now have 27 test vehicles out on roads in California as it continues to work on its self-driving auto technology.

According to Bloomberg, Apple is "accelerating" its efforts in the self-driving vehicle sphere in order to catch up to one of its primary competitors: Waymo, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet.

The report specifically notes that Apple has now registered 27 vehicles for autonomous testing as the company reportedly remains focused on keeping pace with the work being done by companies like Waymo and Tesla. For example, in 2017, Fiat Chrysler partnered with BMW and Waymo to work on self-driving technology (Waymo is now testing 600 Chrysler Pacifica minivans in Phoenix).