Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Apple's autonomous fleet is now the second-largest in the USA

Apple's autonomous fleet is now the second-largest in the USA

The tight-lipped tech giant has rapidly built up its self-driving vehicle program, known as Project Titan, since gaining a testing permit in April of past year.

The new figures show that Apple still has the second-largest autonomous-car test fleet in California, which is arguably the epicenter of self-driving auto research. 51 companies have registered 409 autonomous test vehicles in the state, according to the DMV. Apple lags only behind GM Cruise, which has 104 test vehicles on the road. Apple may have more self-driving cars than Waymo in California, but Waymo likely has more overall. Waymo, for example, used to have over 100 self-driving cars in the state before moving part of its fleet to Arizona and MI, where additional testing is now taking place.

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Each participant in this self-driving auto race must have a safety driver in the vehicle during testing. MacReports first reported some of the new details of Apple's fleet.

Said to be codenamed Project Titan, Apple's self-driving programme's fleet is reportedly made up of Lexus RX450h SUVs, each of which is fitted with huge racks of LIDAR and radar sensors as well as cameras. After downsizing the team, Apple made the hard decision to abandon plans to build a auto and focus instead on the core technology behind autonomous driving, e.g. sensors, LIDAR, radar units, AI, and data processing.

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Tim Cook said, "We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects".

We also learned from the DMV that Apple has not applied for a driverless testing permit.

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