Apple Has Bigger Autonomous Car Fleet Than Uber, Tesla, Google

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We do know that the autonomous auto scene is heating up - Tesla and Drive.Ai are lagging behind Apple, but fellow California-native GM Cruise leads the pack with 104 vehicles with self-driving capacity.

Many automaker and ride-hailing giants are in the race, however, Tesla which now has 39 self-driving vehicles and Uber which has 29 cars.

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The company's fleet is growing faster than a hipster's beard; from three in April 2017 to 45 in March this year, and now 55 (which we assume are programmed to constantly remind their flannel-shirted occupants how cool, hip and trendy they're being). Waymo has 51 cars in the state, but also has 338 registered drivers.

While this suggests Apple will continue to expand its self-driving auto initiative, it also means that Apple now has the second largest fleet of autonomous vehicles in California. Waymo, for example, used to have over 100 self-driving cars in the state before moving part of its fleet to Arizona and MI, where additional testing is now taking place. It does not appear on the May 9 list seen by Business Insider.

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Each participant in this self-driving auto race must have a safety driver in the vehicle during testing. MacReports first reported some of the new details of Apple's fleet. There is no indication that Apple is testing autonomous cars outside its home state.

Chief Executive Officer at Apple, Tim Cook called self-driving a core technology that we view as very important. Waymo applied for that permit.

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