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California Gives Apple Green Light to Test Self-Driving Cars

By NexChange

Apple will soon be testing its self-driving software platform on public streets after the California Department of Motor Vehicles granted the tech giant a permit on Friday to do so, Bloomberg is reporting.

The California DMV acknowledged Apple’s permit on its website. This is the first time Apple has received a permit to test its technology on public streets, according to Bloomberg.

More per Bloomberg:

The Cupertino, California-based company will soon begin testing self-driving car software with existing cars, the person said. Apple started developing a self-driving car a few years ago before it pulled back and focused on first developing underlying autonomous technology last year, Bloomberg News has reported.

Subject to standard regulations for testing autonomous technology on public roads, the cars will have a person behind the wheel to monitor the testing, the person said. The California permit covers three 2015 Lexus RX540h SUVs, and six drivers, the DMV said. Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo and Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving test cars also have people behind the wheel during tests on public roads.

Apple declined to comment to Bloomberg. The Wall Street Journal notes that Apple joins Google and Tesla in securing permits to test autonomous driving technology on California’s public streets.

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