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Apple’s progress in autonomous driving technology continues to be monitored, with recent data from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) revealing that the tech giant has 67 vehicles and 201 drivers registered for testing on public roads. This data is required by the California DMV, and it includes key details such as the number of drivers and vehicles in use.
Although Apple’s fleet has not changed much since 2021, the number of authorized drivers has slowly increased, from 196 to 201 as of January 2023, according to macReports. This suggests that Apple is continuing its efforts to test self-driving tools for cars.
Apple’s autonomous driving test fleet is registered alongside other manufacturers such as Mercedes, Waymo, Tesla, Nvidia, and Zoox. However, Apple is not yet part of the list of driverless testers.
The data also revealed that Apple registered one collision during the first quarter of 2023, but it was a minor one, with the vehicle’s tire and rim making contact with a curb, and no authorities were involved. Since registering, Apple has reported 16 collisions in California.
The data highlights Apple’s continued commitment to autonomous driving technology, despite recent rumors suggesting that the tech giant has stopped prioritizing autonomous driving and will include a steering wheel in the upcoming Apple Car. Years of rumors, patents, and not-so-secret test facilities suggest that an Apple Car could be on the way, with a rumored launch date of 2026 or later.
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The latest data from the California DMV provides a glimpse into Apple’s progress in the autonomous driving industry, and while it is unclear when an Apple Car will be released, it is clear that the tech giant is continuing to invest in the technology until it becomes viable as a consumer product on the road.