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Apple Adds to its California Self-Driving Vehicle Test Driving Team

Apple Adds to its California Self-Driving Vehicle Test Driving Team

Apple is continuing to expand its roster of self-driving vehicle test drivers in California. New data from the California DMV shows Apple now has a fleet of 69 self-driving cars and a team of 143 certified drivers.

While the number of Apple’s self-driving vehicles on the road has stood pat, the number of drivers has increased. (Via macReports) California issues self-driving car permits only for testing that includes an approved driver behind the wheel that is ready to take over in case of issues with the self-driving apparatus.

April filings from the California Department of Motor Vehicles indicate Apple had 110 drivers registered to test self-driving vehicles in the state. This month’s data showing 143 drivers, shows that the number of certified drivers has increased by 33 over the last four months.

Apple currently has the third-most self-driving vehicles on California roads, the rankings are as follows:

  1. GM Cruise: 258 cars, 760 drivers
  2. Waymo: 135 cars, 321 drivers
  3. Apple: 69 cars, 143 drivers
  4. Tesla: 32 cars, 136 drivers

California has issued 62 autonomous vehicle testing permits, with 805 approved vehicles operated by 2,612 approved drivers.

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