Apple now has 55 self-driving cars in California

Apple Self Driving Lexus

Like other tech giants, Apple is keen to get into the vehicle space, with Tim Cook previous year saying that autonomous systems are "a core technology" that the company views as "very important".

Since Apple has 55 cars undergoing testing right now, that makes it the second largest self-driving fleet in California.

Behind Apple is Alphabet's Waymo which now has 51 self-driving vehicles and Elon Musk-owned Tesla which has 39 cars.

Just past year, Apple was in the backseat of an increasingly crowded competition for self-driving cars with Google-owned Waymo, Tesla and Uber vying for an edge.

Many automaker and ride-hailing giants are in the race, however, Tesla which now has 39 self-driving vehicles and Uber which has 29 cars. Citing information from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the website reported that Apple has 55 test cars in California. Apple actually has more self-driving cars in testing than self-driving pioneers such as Waymo (51) and Tesla (39), as well as big automotive companies like BMW (12), Toyota (11), and Mercedes Benz (5). By March of this year, the company had 45 cars on the road.

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Alongside the new cars, Apple has 83 drivers (compared to GM's frankly ludicrous 407) who need to sit inside every time they move.

Code-named "Project Titan", Apple's self-driving programme's fleet is reportedly made up of Lexus RX450h SUVs, each of which is fitted with huge racks of LIDAR and radar sensors as well as cameras.

Chief Executive Officer at Apple, Tim Cook called self-driving a core technology that we view as very important.

We also learned from the DMV that Apple has not applied for a driverless testing permit.

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