Apple's California Self-Driving Car Test Fleet Continues to Grow

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It started out with just 3 registered cars in April past year, and that number has now expanded to 55.

Just previous year, Apple was in the backseat of an increasingly crowded competition for self-driving cars with Google-owned Waymo, Tesla and Uber vying for an edge.

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Code-named "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.

On Tuesday, the sources said, "Apple has almost doubled the number of self-driving cars in its California test fleet". However, in the meantime it continues to grow its fleet of self-driving test cars - which are now the second largest in the state of California. Next in the list followed by Tesla (39 vehicles), Drive.Ai (14 cars) and Zoox Inc (12 cars). Waymo, for instance, has hundreds of autonomous vehicles being tested in Arizona.

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But now, the Cupertino tech giant is reaping the fruits of its ramped-up investment in the new technology, beating out Tesla and Waymo for the second-most self-driving vehicle permits with the DMV, according to a report from the Apple-focused tech blog Mac Reports. After starting with a secret operation to build a self-driving vehicle codenamed Project Titan in 2014, the project fell apart in two years. That gives it the second-largest fleet in the US, ahead of Waymo's 51 cars, but still well behind GM Cruise, which boasts 104. Apple CEO Tim Cook has called self-driving "a core technology that we view as very important".

Apple, however, has not yet received a permit to test self-driving cars without a driver behind the wheel.

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