Number of Apple’s Autonomous Cars Decreases For The First Time

Apple kept continuing to increase the number of autonomous vehicles in California until November, 2018. In November, Apple had 72 autonomous vehicles (and 144 drivers) permitted to test on public roads, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Apple kept this numbers until last week. And we learned from the California Department of Motor Vehicles that Apple’s number of self-driving cars in California has shrunk. Apple, now, has 69 cars and 110 drivers under its permit to test autonomous vehicles.

Here is the latest numbers:

  1. GM Cruise:163 vehicles and 989 drivers
  2. Waymo: 125 vehicles and 368 drivers
  3. Apple: 69 vehicles and 110 drivers
  4. Tesla: 47 vehicles and 136 drivers
  5. Zoox: 29 vehicles and 94 drivers
  6. Nuro: 24 vehicles and 77 drivers
  7. Lyft: 20 vehicles and 33 drivers

Apple originally registered three vehicles. Apple grew from 3 to 45 between April 2017 and March 2018, that number increased to 55, and then 62 in May, 66 in July, and 70 in September and 72 in November of 2018.

We also learned from the DMV that Apple has not applied for a driverless testing permit. The DMV has recently began issuing driverless testing permits in April, 2018.

As of now, in California, there are 62 Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit holders, 688 approved vehicles and 2650 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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