Apple has upped its team of registered test drivers to 143 to ramp up its self-driving cars operations which currently stand at 69, according to macReports. It quoted DMV (Department of Vehicles, California, USA) figures for autonomous cars which stood at this figure, and the registered test drivers headcount was at 110.
Apple Has 3rd Highest Self-Driven Vehicles in California After GM Cruise & Waymo
Apple had introduced three self-driven cars service in California as on April 2017. This indicates Apple’s seriousness to foray standing third in the list of self-driven cars service providers like GM Cruise, Waymo, and Tesla in California.
The leaders in self-driving cars service providers stand as follows:
- GM Cruise: 258 cars and 760 drivers
- Waymo: 135 cars and 321 drivers
- Apple: 69 cars and 143 drivers
- Tesla: 32 cars and 136 drivers
DMV regulators issue self-driving car permits that require testing take place with a registered test driver to take over just in case of a situation or emergency.
macReports informs that California has issued 62 autonomous vehicle testing permits, with 805 approved vehicles operated by 2,612 approved drivers.
Apple made the latest acquisition of Drive.ai on July 16, 2019, which is into autonomous driving technology. It also provides self-driving experience to Texans currently. The race for self-driven car business has just begun and to gain an advantage, rivals Apple and Tesla are currently fighting it out in the open.
Apple’s ‘Project Titan’ to Drive Autonomous Car Biz in Tow With its Other ‘Stars’
With the Research and Development budget for 2019 pegged at its highest levels at $16 billion, Apple will keep all eyes open for this self-driving ‘Project Titan‘ for potential revenue stream shortly.
According to the report published by Allied Market Research, the global autonomous vehicle market was estimated at $54.23 billion in 2019 and is expected to hit $556.67 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 39.47% from 2019 to 2026.
For Apple, this could be the next big pie to bite in. Adding heads and enhancing research to breach a level can help it sit comfortably, just like its other ‘rock star’ products.
Hey Californians, have you enjoyed the Apple self-drive cars yet? In case you have, then please do share your ride experience. Gracias!!
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