Apple Adds More Drivers to its Autonomous Vehicle Program; Now 114 Drivers

There are many manufacturers currently developing their own autonomous, or self-driving, technology. Since 2014, California has had an autonomous vehicle testing program; Manufacturers must obtain permits for both their cars and their drivers, from the California DMV. We have been following Apple’s self-driving program for years now, and have reported many times on the changing numbers for both Apple’s program, and the numbers for many of the other major players developing self-driving technology.

We reported back in early August that, by the end of July of this year, Apple had added another car to its self-driving vehicle fleet, for a total of 69. They had also upped the number of drivers registered to drive their autonomous vehicles from 76, in May of this year, to 92. Now, according to the California DMV, Apple has added many more drivers, for a total of 114. Their fleet size has remained at 69 since July. Apple’s number of autonomous vehicle drivers is still down from last October when we reported that they had 154 driver permits.

The latest numbers for Autonomous vehicles registered with the California DMV, as of September 10, 2021, for some of the major manufacturers are:

Manufacturer NameDriversVehicles
MERC BENZ7819
WAYMO LLC1537616
TESLA8622
CRUISE LLC925201
ZOOX INC24774
NVIDIA CORPORATION20718
APPLE INC11469
PONY.AI6639
LYFT, INC7130
TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE3534

Since our last report in early August, Waymo (Google), who has, by far, the largest self-driving fleet, has also added another vehicle, and has added almost 300 more drivers. Cruise (GM) has added 22 more drivers. Zoox (Amazon) has added 20 more vehicles and 26 more drivers. Nvidia has added 2 more vehicles and 11 more drivers. Toyota has added 6 more vehicles.

There are several manufacturers who have driverless permits for their fleets. Apple still has not applied for a driverless permit, according to the California DMV. Notable changes since our last report include Pony.ai adding two more to its driverless fleet.

ManufacturerDriverless Vehicles
WAYMO LLC34
NURO, INC18
AUTOX TECHNOLOGIES INC1
ZOOX, INC2
CRUISE LLC5
BAIDU USA LLC3
WERIDE CORP2
PONY.AI, INC10

Back in early August we also reported on the collision count for the different manufacturers and their autonomous vehicles. Although the numbers here haven’t changed much since the end of July, Cruise has had 4 more collisions, Waymo has had 6, and Apple has had 2 more.

ManufacturerCollisions
CRUISE LLC157
WAYMO LLC117
ZOOX INC32
LYFT, INC8
PONY.AI5
APPLE INC5
AURORA INNOVATION4
UATC, LLC (UBER)3
WeRide Corp DBA WeRide AI3
ARGO AI, LLC2
TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE1

Here are some of our recent 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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