Apple is said to employ 83 drivers for its fleet, far less than the 407 of GM or even the 338 Waymo drivers with approved permits.
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 vehicle research. The company first received a permit to test autonomous vehicles in the state last April, starting with only three Lexus Rx450h SUVs.
He added, "We sort of see autonomous cars as the mother of all AI projects It's probably one of the most hard AI projects actually to work on".
It's important to note that companies like Waymo and Uber used to have more self-driving cars in California.
We do know that the autonomous auto scene is heating up - Tesla and Drive.Ai are lagging behind Apple, but fellow California-native GM Cruise leads the pack with 104 vehicles with self-driving capacity.
APPLE IS RUNNING more than 50 autonomous cars around California, the state's Department of Motor Vehicles has told Mac Reports. MacReports first reported some of the new details of Apple's fleet. After downsizing the team, Apple made the hard decision to abandon plans to build a vehicle and focus instead on the core technology behind autonomous driving, e.g. sensors, LIDAR, radar units, AI, and data processing. Waymo applied for that permit.