Apple gets permit to test self-drive cars in California

April 15, 2017
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Apple Inc. is able to start the test drive of its self-drive cars, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted an official permission. At last, the company’s secretive efforts was crowned by the success.

This week, Apple was granted a permit for the testing of its autonomous vehicle, or self-drive car, in California. The experts say it is the clearest sign to date of progress in the corporation’s multiyear efforts to develop this technology of the future.

The Californian Department of Motor Vehicles (CDMV) permission allows Apple to test drive vehicles on public roads. It is worth to note that Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Tesla Inc. have already tested their similar self-drive cars in California.

The California authorities’ permission covers three 2015 Lexus sport-utility cars equipped with respective software and hardware. Moreover, six human operators will sit behind the wheel to monitor the driving and take over when needed, reads the CDMV permission.

According to Apple spokesperson, test drive should improve artificial intelligence systems that must learn the ways to interact with an unpredictability of human drivers.

“We’re still in the first mile of the marathon of this race. At this point, it’s still up in the air who can take the lead,”

added Dave Sullivan of AutoPacific Inc. analytic department.

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