Apple, a cornerstone of current technology has recommitted to creating and perfecting an autonomous vehicle after several difficult months.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is now allowing Apple to conduct self-driving tests in “real life” on California roadways. The test drives will be conducted using a fleet of three Lexus RX 450h Hybrid SUV’s, according to a recent New York Times article.
The permit that Apple obtained will also allow six people to take control of the cars if necessary during the test phase, which is now a mandated California law. Apple is just one of 29 companies that have received permission to tests cars specifically in the state of California.
Apple has been struggling for about a year to produce successful self-driving car concepts. In fact, it seemed as though the technology giant was slowly giving up on the idea.
However, after Apple’s director of product integrity, Steve Kenner, released a letter that indicated Apple’s overall commitment to the concept, things started looking up.
Apple could be considered “late to the game” with many competitors pretty far along on their own developments. However, Apple’s participation means that they have committed to playing a role in the anticipated future of self-driving cars.
Apple is likely joining the market in order to produce something bigger than mobile phones and computers. However, they have been fairly quiet about their ultimate goals.