Apple has reportedly been given a green signal to conduct public testing of autonomous vehicles on Californian roads. The company has so far been secretive about its plans on developing self-driving technology and the announcement confirms what has long been rumoured about Apple’s plans in the automotive market.
The Cupertino-based company becomes the 30th organization to be given a license to test autonomous vehicles, as per the California DMV’s website. Apple joined the DMV’s “Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program” that also features other organisations like Google, Tesla, Baidu, Faraday Future, Ford, BMW and many more.
Although Apple is yet to release any more details officially, a company spokesperson told Bloomberg that the software tests will start soon with existing vehicles. Bloomberg also noted that Apple’s self-driving technology is being developed in secret company offices in Sunnyvale, California and also in Canada.
According to Bloomberg, Apple has no plans to build its own autonomous cars but instead focusing on building software that it can deploy in partnership with carmakers.
Source: DMV, Bloomberg