Apple granted self-driving test permit


News this Easter weekend that confirms in part something that has always been rumoured - Apple is indeed working in some way on Vehicle technology as the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) adds Apple Inc to the list of companies to which it has issued Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permits.

While the technology company headquartered in Cupertino, Northern California, did not comment on the latest development, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the Golden State on the US West Coast listed Apple on its website as the latest one getting an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit. Apple's Project Titan, at one point was believed to have over 1000 employees that were working on it.

Now it appears that Apple are shortly to reveal what it has been up to in relation to automotive-related projects.

The group thus engages in the race to the one who will produce the first in series an autonomous auto. Its interest in autonomous vehicle technology, however, has always been clear.

All autonomous technology makers must apply for and be granted permission to test a vehicle on public roads from the DMV.

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In terms of timelines, you'd have to argue Apple is a long way behind the eight ball here - Google for example has been developing this technology for a very long time, Tesla have got vehicles on the road of their own making running live and development technology.

The company was "excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation", it said at the time. Under California law, self-driving cars that are being tested must have a person in them who can take over if anything goes wrong.

Though Apple has yet to officially announce that they are working on self-driving cars, having them on the official list of companies confirms that they are, indeed, quietly working their way to the autonomous automobile industry.

That means Apple has a long way to catch up in self-driving technology. Lately, the autonomous auto project seems to be in flux.