Latest Report on the Autonomous Vehicle Tech Race in California (Apple, Waymo, Tesla and GM)

At one point, Apple’s number of autonomous cars had steadily increased to the point where Apple had the second largest number of autonomous cars in California, after GM Cruise. According to the latest figures obtained from the California DMV, Apple now has 62 autonomous vehicles being driven in the state. GM Cruise has 112 and Waymo has 72 vehicles. In the last three weeks, it seems, GM has increased its number of vehicles by 8, Waymo has increased by 9 and Apple has stayed the same. Interestingly, it seems that the number of GM Cruise drivers has decreased sharply. Waymo now has the greatest number of drivers.

Here are the latest figures:

Numbers in parentheses indicate the change since our last report (3 weeks ago).

Manufacturer Fleet Size # of Drivers
GM Cruise LLC 112 (+8) 294 (-165)
Waymo LLC 72 (+9) 392 (+40)
Apple Inc 62 (0) 102 (+4)
Tesla Motors 39 (0) 92 (0)
Zoox Inc 14 (0) 80 (+2)
Drive.Ai Inc 14 (0) 12 (0)
Toyota Research Institute 11 (0) 16 (0)
NIO USA Inc 11 (0) 23(+4)

In California, currently, there are 56 Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit holders, 459 approved vehicles and 1607 approved drivers.


Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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