Last April, Apple was granted a permit to test its autonomous vehicle technology by the state of California and since then, the company has expanded its test fleet from three vehicles to 27, Bloomberg reports. The California Department of Motor Vehicles said that Apple had registered 24 Lexus RX450h SUVs between last July and this month. While initially aiming to develop its own autonomous vehicle, Apple later decided to switch gears and design a self-driving system that could be incorporated into other vehicles. And we've seen glimpses of that technology in recent months. A patent application, a presentation from Apple AI Research Director Ruslan Salakhutdinov and a research paper have all pulled back parts of the curtain Apple's technology development usually hides behind. And a closeup look from Voyage cofounder MacCallister Higgins gave us a bit of a visual.
Apple is leasing a small fleet of cars from rental company Hertz Global Holdings to test its self-driving technology, Bloomberg has reported . Apple is renting Lexus RX450h sport-utility vehicles from Hertz's Donlen fleet-management unit, according to the Bloomberg report, citing documents released recently by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The iPhone maker is concentrating on technology for self-driving cars, Chief Executive Tim Cook said earlier this month in an interview with Bloomberg. Apple is renting Lexus RX450h sport-utility vehicles from Hertz's Donlen fleet-management unit, according to the Bloomberg report Apple officially secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California on April 14. Rumours began sweeping the web last year that Apple was toying with the idea of developing its own self-driving car.
There have been numerous rumors about Apple's plans to develop self-driving cars, however Company CEO Tim Cook clarified to Bloomberg his company is working on an autonomous car system. Apple has been secretive about its autonomous driving program, called Project Titan. On June 5, during Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, Cook admitted the company is working on self-driving technology. Read: Alexa, Siri, Apple TV: Are Amazon And Apple Putting Their Rivalry Aside? "We're focusing on autonomous systems," Cook told Bloomberg.
Apple has been low key about it autonomous car tech, dubbed Project Titan, but there is now a short video of the iPhone company's self-driving efforts. Voyage co-founder MacCalister Higgins posted a short video of Project Titan's test Lexus SUV, which he called "The Thing." The video givies the public a glimpse of what Apple is up to. The top of the white vehicle is equipped with a suite sensors and self-driving hardware. Higgins said on Twitter the front and back both have 6 LiDARS and that the "majority of the compute stack is likely located inside the roof unit."