The company also has 83 registered safety drivers in the Golden State. The company's fleet of autonomous cars that are out on public roads is gradually increasing and according to a new report, Apple has a total of over 50 autonomous cars on public roads as of now.
UPDATE: Apple has the second highest number of self driving cars after GM Cruise, which as 104 vehicles, as of now. "Apple is second only to General Motors which performs tests with Cruise - its self-driving division". Uber previously operated a sizable fleet of self-driving cars in California, but its testing program has been suspended in the wake of a fatal crash in Arizona. Tesla, touted for its advanced "Autopilot" mode, has only 39 self-driving cars in the state. There is no indication that Apple is testing autonomous cars outside its home state.More news: Putin drives across new bridge linking Moscow-annexed Crimea to Russian Federation
It's important to note that companies like Waymo and Uber used to have more self-driving cars in California.
Nonetheless, it underlines how seriously Apple is taking this technology. Apple's self-driving auto program is still a mystery, but it appears to be centered around testing and collecting data for self-driving software, instead of a complete vehicle.More news: Oil: Prices could increase further - Nomura
He added, "We sort of see autonomous cars as the mother of all AI projects It's probably one of the most hard AI projects actually to work on. It's probably one of the most hard AI projects actually to work on", Cook said last summer.
Each participant in this self-driving auto race must have a safety driver in the vehicle during testing. Waymo applied for that permit.More news: Cashierless Amazon stores coming to Chicago