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Apple gets permit for testing autonomous cars in California

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Apple Inc., the Silicon Valley-based tech giant, has secured a permit to test its autonomous vehicle technology in California. Other companies that have such testing permits in the state include major automakers like Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Ford and Tesla, along with tech companies like Google and NVIDIA.

Though Apple's self-driving car project started around a couple of years ago, the company has been tight-lipped about their plans with the autonomous driving technology as well as the progress made. Reports even suggested that Apple had shut down the project last year. However, with the tech company now filling and getting a permit to test its autonomous vehicle technology in California, it is apparent that Apple is still in the game of self-driving cars.

According to the data available at the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Apple has listed three cars for the autonomous driving permit. All these three cars are Lexus RX models. The tech company is thus expected to test its autonomous driving software and equipment on these Lexus crossovers. Apple has also registered six drivers that have been permitted to operate the said vehicles.

Source: The Verge

 
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