Apple gets permit to test driverless cars in California

Apple joins Google and other tech companies in developing self-driving cars. KTNV

A quarter of all miles driven in the US may be traveled in shared, self-driving electric cars by the end of the next decade, Boston Consulting Group said this month.

Initial rumors referred to an autonomous auto as the final objective of Apple's efforts, but other reports have announced that it has changed its goals to making software for driverless vehicles. New technologies, such as the LIDAR, have been developed to further the research and development in this field.

Switching the plan from a hardware and software vendor to relying on someone else's hardware was a surprising move from Apple, but it may make sense if you consider the costs involved in launching a new vehicle brand.

Apple has been given the thumbs up by Californian authorities to start tests on self-driving vehicles.

"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", it said. The self-driving technology will be tested in three vehicles, all of them 2015 Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUVs. And now, Apple has obtained an official permit to test self-driving cars in California - and it suggests the iPhone maker really does plan to reinvent century-old automobiles, sort of how it took mobile phones in 2007 and reinvented them into the modern-day smartphone almost all of us carry in our pockets. California, however, has grown to accommodate several interested parties, such as Google and Uber to their autonomous driving permit.

Apple's autonomous vehicle project, Project Titan, has remained somewhat of a mystery. Apple began to focus more on the self-driving technology a year ago after re-hiring former hardware executive Bob Mansfield to lead the project.

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