The self-driving car is happening soon!
Apple Inc. is the first one to take its self-driving car software platform to public streets. This is a significant step in the world’s largest technology company into a crowded race. This move will reshape our transportation method.
Apple gets the permit from The California Department of Motor Vehicles, and this is the first time they received approval for this testing. Last Friday, the company got permits for trials of the autonomous driving technology on public roads.
According to the insiders which already familiar with this matter, the software tests will start soon with existing vehicles. Since the plans aren’t public, they asked not to be identified. California-based tech-companies, such as Apple, Cupertino, begun to design a self-driving car to take on Tesla Inc. and Google a few years before. Later, they concerned to develop the self-driving cars’ technology since last year, U.S media said.
Although the test is the clearest and public sign, Apple is relay serious about a promising field which can transform mobility and overturn the auto industry in time. By the end of the next decade, a quarter of all miles driven in the U.S hopefully traveled in shared, self-driving cars. But this will be tough competition because there are other auto-car companies that give the same permit to test their products in California.
Apple’s test cars will have a person behind the wheel so that he can monitor the testing to fulfill the standard regulations. The California permits cover three 2015 Lexus RX450H SUVs along with six drivers. Both self-driving test cars from Uber Technologies Inc.’s and Alphabet Inc.’s will have people behind the wheel during the evidence.
In December, Apple gave their permit license to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations about safety practices for self-driving cars, but an Apple spokesman declined to comment about this news.
The spokesman only said that there are many potential applications for the technologies and this include the future of transportation. So the company went to work with NHTSA to help define the best practices for the industry.
On Friday, the DMV’s website updated that Apple becomes a permit holder. The license needs the company to disclose traffic incidents which relate to their testing within ten business days of the event.
The self-driving technology from Apple is being developed in secret business offices in Sunnyvale, California which is a short drive from its main Cupertino campus. Not only in California, but the company also has a team in Canada that work on a car operating system which would power the platform.
The company also has a team in Canada working on a car operating system that would power the platform. Apple has decided to design self-driving car platform so that the company could choose to open it up to real car makers and even port it on an Apple-designed vehicle. The company also began to focus more on the self-driving car’s technology since last year after they were re-hiring Bob Mansfield as hardware executive to lead this project. Congratulations Apple!