In this world of technology and innovation, big automobile companies are trying their luck in the self driving technology. The latest company to join the autonomous car space is Apple.
The company plans to test autonomous cars on the roads of California. They want to design and develop a self-driving technology.
According to reports, California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) granted Apple an official test permit to test autonomous driving technology. This is the first time that the company has received approval to begin testing. The self-driving technology will be tested in three vehicles, all of them 2015 Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUVs. The testing will have a human behind the wheels to ensure the testing.
Apple is the 30th company to be approved by the state for self driving car testing. Despite having clearance from the DMV, Apple will be facing a lot of competition as 29 other companies have already received a permit to test in California.
Apple submitted a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in which it said that the company is investing heavily in machine learning and automation. The company appeared excited to become one of the innovators making big changes to the transport space.
Many companies have said the first self-driving cars will launch in 2020, but some experts think that it may take much longer due to regulatory challenges. According to other reports, 12mn autonomous cars will be on the roads worldwide by 2025.