The Californian Department of Motor Vehicles (CDMV) permission allows Apple to test drive vehicles on public roads.
The project quickly became something of an open secret among technology-watchers, even if it was never truly clear what Apple was working on. A representative/spokesperson from the company declined to comment on the filing, pointing to a press release that the corporation submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) late previous year.
Apple's interest in autonomous vehicle technology has always been clear. So, why do they need a permit for testing?
The self-driving auto platform is designed so that Apple could choose to open it up to existing carmakers or eventually port it to an Apple-designed vehicle.
By no means does this confirm an "Apple Car", in fact the permit granted to Apple covers the use of Lexus RX450h vehicles.
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Apple's move into self-driving cars has been hotly anticipated for years, and Friday's news is the latest indication that it is serious about the space.
DMV includes a long list of popular companies, such as Volkswagen Group of America, Mercedes Benz, Google, Tesla Motors, Ford, Honda, BMW, and some other names.
Despite the permit, it's still unclear what specific aspect Apple is working on.
The company was also at one point thought to be designing a top-to-bottom vehicle, but the company had reined in the project due to a number of obstacles and switched to the more narrow focus of a self-driving platform. Applying for and receiving the permit, however, has made Apple's interest in self-driving cars more public.
Meanwhile, General Motors on Thursday announced it would spend $14 million to expand its San Francisco autonomous-vehicle unit, Cruise Automation, and hire 1,100 people to work on it. It is worth to note that Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Tesla Inc. have already tested their similar self-drive cars in California. "There are many potential applications for these technologies, including the future of transportation, so we want to work with NHTSA to help define the best practices for the industry". The company's Chief Executive Tim Cook has noted that Apple needs to incorporate its smartphones into vehicle infotainment systems. However, some others say that the company is not working on a auto. Under California law, self-driving cars that are being tested must have a person in them who can take over if anything goes wrong.