Apple now has 55 self-driving cars in California

Apple now has 55 self-driving cars in California

The company's fleet is growing faster than a hipster's beard; from three in April 2017 to 45 in March this year, and now 55 (which we assume are programmed to constantly remind their flannel-shirted occupants how cool, hip and trendy they're being).

Today, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has confirmed (via macReports) that Apple now has 55 vehicles and 83 drivers permitted to test autonomous vehicles.

The tight-lipped tech giant has rapidly built up its self-driving auto program, known as Project Titan, since gaining a testing permit in April of past year.

Apple still lags far behind General Motor's Cruise division, which leads the pack with 104 vehicles.

Some other notable entries are Tesla with 39 vehicles and Toyota Research Institute with 11. The number is up from 27 vehicles back in January this year. However, those numbers may be somewhat misleading, since other companies are testing their self-driving fleet in other parts of the U.S.as well.

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Check out some photos and video of Apple's autonomous testing vehicle here and please follow Gearsofbiz on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.

Chief Executive Officer at Apple, Tim Cook called self-driving a core technology that we view as very important. After downsizing the team, Apple made the hard decision to abandon plans to build a auto and focus instead on the core technology behind autonomous driving, e.g. sensors, LIDAR, radar units, AI, and data processing.

With a new permit and expanded fleet, things are finally starting to look up for Apple after years of hardship.

The California DMV also told Mac Reports that Apple has not applied for a completely driverless testing permit, which the DMV started issuing in April.

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