Apple gets green light to test self-driving cars

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While the technology company headquartered in Cupertino, Northern California, did not comment on the latest development, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the Golden State on the US West Coast listed Apple on its website as the latest one getting an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit.

In another sign of the investment in self-driving cars, GM said this week it will add more than 1,100 jobs in California over five years at its Cruise Automation unit to boost its self-driving efforts.

According to USA Today, Apple has been rumored to have aspirations of working on driverless vehicle technology for quite a while now.

The permit does not necessarily mean Apple is building a vehicle.

The first vehicle company to be granted this permit was the Volkswagen Group of America. Neil Cybart, from Above Avalon site said, "Apple is working on a transportation platform Instead of selling cars".

While big-players like Google (via Waymo) and Uber have generated a lot of publicity over their autonomous vehicle technology, with Apple this has been more of the case of rumor without substance. But sometimes Apple can't control everything.

According to Autotrader executive analyst, Michelle Kreb, few details have been revealed about Apple's plans for self-driving cars.

Apple has not commented - other than to point to its letter late previous year expressing an interest in the technology. Cybart suspects that Apple wants to flawless the software, then move to the task of building the vehicle that surrounds it.

In October, CEO Tim Cook did not directly address press queries about the rumors of the company's movements in the auto arena, but did point out that the company is always on the lookout for new things, and that the automobile industry has a lot of technologies that can be developed. The shift saw more than a few dozen employees working on the project laid off.

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