Apple Adds 11 Drivers to Autonomous Fleet; Other Manufacturers See Changes

The California DMV has sent macReports the latest numbers on the autonomous vehicle programs operating there. Many of the manufacturers have seen changes to the size of their self-driving fleet, or to the size of their licensed driver crews. Although most of the changes since our last report in November are fairly small, there have been some shake-ups – notably, Lyft’s departure from the autonomous vehicle program in California after having sold their autonomous vehicle program to Woven Planet Holdings, a Toyota subsidiary. We also see that Pony.ai’s driverless program is down to zero licensed vehicles – after their permit was suspended following a crash back in October.

Notable Changes Since November

  • Apple has added 11 drivers to their crew for a new driver crew size of 148. Their fleet size however remains unchanged at 69 vehicles.
  • Waymo has decreased the size of their driver crew – now down to 1526 from 1628 in November. Their fleet size also remains unchanged at 690.
  • Cruise has added drivers – now at 1064, up from 992. Their fleet size has also increased to 218 – up from 203.
  • Zoox has added both drivers and vehicles to their program. They have added 73 drivers and 5 vehicles to their program for new totals of 388 and 90, respectively.
  • Nvidia has increased the driving crew to 226 – up from 220, and they have decreased their fleet size from 18 to 14.
  • Pony.ai added 4 new drivers and 1 new vehicle, for totals of 66 drivers and 41 vehicles.
  • Lyft had 71 drivers and 30 licensed vehicles back in November, before selling their program to Woven Planet (Toyota).

Fleet Volumes from California DMV – January 21, 2022

Manufacturer NameDriversVehicles
MERC BENZ8937
WAYMO LLC1526690
TESLA8622
CRUISE LLC1064218
ZOOX INC38890
NVIDIA CORPORATION22614
APPLE INC14869
PONY.AI6641
LYFT, INC00
TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE3534

Driverless Programs

Still no driverless application from Apple. Some of the other manufacturers that do have driverless programs have made some changes to their fleet sizes:

  • Waymo has added 20 cars to its driverless fleet, now at 54.
  • Cruise has added many cars to its driverless fleet. They are up to 52 now, from 20 in November.
  • Apollo was previously licensed as Baidu, but their number of vehicles remains the same.
  • Pony.ai had 10 autonomous vehicles licensed last November. However, after a crash in October, their driverless permit was suspended.

Driverless Fleet Volumes as of January 21, 2022

ManufacturerDriverless Vehicles
WAYMO LLC54
NURO, INC18
AUTOX TECHNOLOGIES INC1
ZOOX, INC2
CRUISE LLC52
APOLLO AUTONOMOUS DRIVING USA LLC3
WERIDE CORP2
PONY.AI, INC0

Driverless Deployment

No changes here since last November. We still see only three manufacturers with permits to actually deploy their driverless vehicles.

Issue DateManufacturer Name
Dec 23, 2020NURO, INC
Sep 30, 2021CRUISE LLC
Sep 30, 2021WAYMO LLC

Crashes happen. The California DMV keeps a count of all of the collisions that involve autonomous vehicles. As expected, for most of the manufacturers, their numbers have increased since our last report. We would expect more crashes from the larger programs, and from those who are doing more testing – although we can’t get any data on how much testing each program is doing. What we see is:

  • Cruise has now had 167 crashes, up from 159 in November.
  • Waymo has added 6 more crashes, for a total of 135.
  • Zoox has had 4 more – now at 39.
  • Apple has had a couple more – now with 8.
  • Pony.ai and WeRide have both added 1.

Collision Numbers as of January 21, 2022

ManufacturerCollisions
CRUISE LLC167
WAYMO LLC135
ZOOX INC39
PONY.AI6
APPLE INC8
AURORA OPERATIONS4
WeRide Corp DBA WeRide AI4
ARGO AI, LLC3
TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE1

Previous Reports on Apple’s Autonomous Vehicle Program

Dr. Stacey Butler is a tech writer at macReports covering news, how-tos, and user guides. She is a longtime Mac and iPhone user and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Here is her LinkedIn profile.

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