This is pretty much what all its rivals have been doing as well, but in Apple's case the brand may never progress to the point where it'll be building its own self-driving electric vehicle.
It seems that Apple grows its fleet of self-driving test cars. Free for 14 days - no credit card required! The company hasn't been allowed to test self-driving cars without a human safety driver behind the wheel just yet. Apple lags only behind GM Cruise, which has 104 test vehicles on the road. Waymo has 51 cars in the state, but also has 338 registered drivers. After starting with a secret operation to build a self-driving vehicle codenamed Project Titan in 2014, the project fell apart in two years. 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.
Apple has been secretly working on its own self-driving vehicle program for years, but during that time it hasn't shared much information about the project.
Alongside the new cars, Apple has 83 drivers (compared to GM's frankly ludicrous 407) who need to sit inside every time they move. But building an entire self-driving auto fleet from the ground up proved too hard.
Chief Executive Officer at Apple, Tim Cook called self-driving a core technology that we view as very important. There is no indication that Apple is testing autonomous cars outside its home state.
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".
Of course, having more automobiles on the road doesn't actually mean Apple has advanced beyond its peers.
But driverless auto permits may soon be issued by the DMV; after the DMV's Office of Administrative Law approved the driverless testing regulations in February, the DMV was able to approve applications for driverless vehicle permits starting on April 2.