Apple Expands California Self-Driving Test Fleet to 69 Cars and 92 Drivers

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In May, we reported that Apple had increased their number of self-driving cars, and yet cut their number of drivers by half. Now, according to the California DMV, a little more than two months later, we see that Apple has added another car to its fleet for a total of 69 vehicles with an autonomous vehicle permit registered with the California DMV. They have also added back a significant number of drivers since May. They now, as of July 30th, have 92 driver permits – up from 76 in May. The number of drivers is still down significantly from October 2020 when we reported that Apple had 154 driver permits.

The latest number of autonomous vehicles and drivers for the major manufacturers are:

ManufacturerVehiclesDrivers
Waymo6151244
Cruise201903
Zoox54221
Nvidia16196
Apple6992
Tesla2286
Lyft3071
PONY.AI3964
Mercedes-Benz1978
Toyota2835

Waymo (Google) and Cruise (GM) remain on top in terms of numbers, while Zoox (Amazon) and Apple also have large fleets. For comparison, here are the May numbers for some of the major manufacturers in autonomous vehicles:

ManufacturerVehiclesDrivers
Waymo365871
Cruise201801
Zoox49158
Nvidia15196
Apple6876
Tesla2286

Companies developing self-driving vehicle technology face not only the challenges of developing the technology and funding the enormous cost of producing autonomous vehicles, but they must also work to convince government regulator and the public of the safety of their self-driving technology. This means that manufacturers must test their new technology extensively. Among the information from the California DMV is the data on collisions for autonomous vehicles.

Manufacturer NameCollisions
CRUISE LLC153
WAYMO LLC111
ZOOX INC32
LYFT, INC8
PONY.AI5
AURORA INNOVATION4
UATC, LLC (UBER)3
APPLE INC3
WeRide Corp DBA WeRide AI3
DELPHI1
NISSAN1
DRIVE.AI INC1
AIMOTIVE INC1
TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE1
ARGO AI, LLC2

According to the California DMV, Apple, unlike most of the other manufacturers with large autonomous fleets, has not yet applied for a driverless permit for its autonomous vehicles. There are, however, eight manufacturers who have driverless permits for one or more vehicles in their fleet. Notable changes since our May report include Nuro increasing its number from 7 to 18.

ManufacturerVehicles
WAYMO LLC34
NURO, INC18
AUTOX TECHNOLOGIES INC1
ZOOX, INC2
CRUISE LLC5
BAIDU USA LLC3
WERIDE CORP2
PONY.AI, INC8

The only manufacturer with an actual deployment of an autonomous vehicle is Nuro, which has one vehicle. Nuro, along with Domino’s Pizza, has been testing their driverless vehicle for pizza delivery in Houston, TX.

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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.

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