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Apple has joined the list of companies with permits to test self-driving cars in California, according to an updated roster released on Friday by state officials.
Late last year, Apple revealed it is investing heavily in autonomous vehicles in a letter asking the government to make it easier to develop self-driving cars.
The iPhone maker has disclosed little about its ambitions when it comes to self-driving vehicles, with chief Tim Cook hinting at plans but the company declining to comment for news reports on long-idling rumors.
While GM is already testing autonomous vehicles through its Cruise Automation unit in California, Arizona and Michigan, the new initiative will ramp up those efforts.
Most major auto manufacturers and many technology groups are currently developing autonomous vehicles, considered to be the future of the automobile, along with electric power, with first production models promised for around 2020.
Apple linked to a private course in California
as declared in Apple has also been linked to a private course in California where secretive companies testself-driving cars.
“Today, April 14, 2017, California Department of Motor Vehicles issued Apple Inc. an autonomous vehicle test permit.
Apple is expected to assess the progress it has made on self-driving cars at the end of this year, according to Bloomberg.
Have you seen one of Apple’s self-driving cars on the road or know anything about Apple’s automotive project?
The California DMV updated its website on Friday, adding Apple’s name to 29 other companies testing self-driving vehicles in the state, including Tesla and Google.
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Meet the iCar? Apple to test self-driving vehicles in California
Apple will be vying against 29 other companies that already have California permits to test self-driving cars.
The Cupertino, California, company instead pointed to a statement that it issued in December.
With billions in cash, Apple also could easily afford to buy technology that accelerates its development of self-driving cars.
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The road ahead: self-driving cars on the brink of a revolution in California Read moreApple confirmed its arrival in the market, but would not discuss its intentions.