Despite the fact that autonomous driving technology is being developed by many companies and it is no secret what its current state is, Apple continues to keep its autonomous driving system a secret, a system that is an open secret and that already has to offer something really interesting and new to keep it secret.
This autonomous driving system will be sold to vehicle manufacturers who want to implement it in their vehicles, just like the one Google is developing through the Waymo company. As Apple continues to develop this autonomous driving system, the number of vehicles that is testing it is increasing.
Yesterday, the California Department of Motor Vehicles, confirmed that currently Apple has 55 vehicles in circulation testing the autonomous driving system of the company through 83 authorized drivers. At the moment, Apple has only requested permission to test with a driver behind the wheel, but not the permission necessary to be able to test autonomous vehicles without a driver on the other side of the wheel, a series of permits that the Department of Motor Vehicles of California has begun to issue this year, specifically since last month.
At the beginning of this year, Apple had 45 vehicles on the road testing autonomous driving. Rumors about Apple's efforts in this field are confusing, but most of them point to the Cupertino-based company planning create a set of hardware and software to sell to vehicle manufacturers. In this way, the idea of creating one's own vehicle from scratch, the famous Titan project, has been canceled due to the complexity of being able to carry out this project in the period of time that the company had initially planned.