Apple has added 7 more drivers; its fleet size remains unchanged. We have the latest numbers from the autonomous vehicle race in California. In this article, you can find the most recent, as of June 10, 2022, data from the California DMV. The California DMV keeps track of a variety of information on all of the self-driving tech being tested on California’s roadways, including:
- The number of drivers and vehicles for each manufacturer’s autonomous vehicle fleet.
- The manufacturers who have driverless permits.
- The number of collisions for each manufacturer.
Changes since March 2022
The following changes have been seen since our report in March of this year:
- Mercedes has again added more vehicles to its fleet, this time adding 2 more vehicles.
- Waymo has again decreased its team of drivers, removing 115 drivers from the roster. Its number of vehicles remains the same.
- Cruise has again dramatically reduced its number of drivers, this time by 260, but increased its fleet size by 129.
- Zoox has increased both its number of drivers and its fleet size, adding 102 drivers and 7 vehicles.
- Nvidia has added 11 more drivers.
- Apple has added 7 more drivers; its fleet size remains unchanged.
- Pony.ai is no longer licensed in the state of California. (Pony.ai had its driverless permit suspended back in November of 2021 following a crash. In May, the DMV revoked pony.ai’s permit to test vehicles with a driver due to violations found in the driving records of some of its drivers.)
- Nuro has reduced its number of drivers by 20 and increased its fleet size by 7.
- Motional has added 16 drivers and increased its fleet size significantly by adding 29 more vehicles.
Fleet volumes from California DMV as of June 10, 2022
We are still waiting for Apple to apply for a driverless permit. As of June 10, it still has not applied, and there are only seven manufacturers who are licensed to test their driverless fleets.
- Waymo has added 18 more vehicles to its driverless fleet.
- Nuro has dropped 4 cars from its fleet.
- Cruise has increased its driverless fleet volume dramatically by 79.
- Apollo has added another vehicle to its driverless fleet.
Driverless fleet volumes as of June 10, 2022
The list of manufacturers who are licensed to deploy their driverless cars has remained unchanged since September 2021.
|Dec 23, 2020||NURO|
|Sep 30, 2021||CRUISE|
|Sep 30, 2021||WAYMO|
We have totals for each manufacturer’s collisions. These numbers do not say anything about whether the car was being driven in autonomous mode or drivered mode; further, collisions are recorded regardless of which party (if another vehicle was involved) was at fault. These “collisions” also include very minor incidents of road debris being kicked up and causing cosmetic damage to the test vehicle.
- Waymo and Cruise, with the largest testing programs in California, have added 19 and 11 collisions to their totals, respectively.
- No new collisions were recorded for Apple’s program.
- Zoox has added 9, and Motional has added 1.
Previous coverage of Apple’s autonomous vehicle program
- January 2022: Apple Adds 11 Drivers to Autonomous Fleet; Other Manufacturers See Changes
- November 2021: Apple Adds 23 More Drivers to its Autonomous Vehicle Fleet; Still no Driverless Permits; Crash Reports
- August 2021: Apple Expands California Self-Driving Test Fleet to 69 Cars and 92 Drivers
Early autonomous vehicle coverage