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14:10  15 april  2017
14:10  15 april  2017 Source:   Reuters

Apple self-driving car testing plan gives clues to tech programme

  Apple self-driving car testing plan gives clues to tech programme By Alexandria Sage

(Reuters) – Apple Inc has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California , the state Department of Motor Vehicles said on Friday. Apple joins a growing list of traditional carmakers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California – all vying to

Apple joins a growing list of traditional carmakers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California – all vying to be the first to bring self - driving cars to the masses.

The Apple logo is seen on the facade of the new Apple Store in Paris © REUTERS/Charles Platiau The Apple logo is seen on the facade of the new Apple Store in Paris Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California, the state Department of Motor Vehicles said on Friday.

Apple joins a growing list of traditional carmakers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California - all vying to be the first to bring self-driving cars to the masses.

Companies that have been issued permits also include Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google unit, Ford Motor Co (F.N), Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE), Daimler AG (DAIGn.DE), Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O) and General Motors Co (GM.N). 

Apple self-driving car testing plan gives clues to tech program

  Apple self-driving car testing plan gives clues to tech program <p>Apple Inc outlined a plan to train operators of self-driving cars in documents submitted to California regulators earlier this month, the latest clues to the company's autonomous vehicle technology aspirations.</p>Apple was granted a permit to test self-driving cars on April 14 by the California Department of Motor Vehicles but the company has never said anything about its plan.

April 14 Apple Inc has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California , which allows it to conduct test drives in three vehicles with six drivers , the state Department of Motor Vehicles said on Friday. Although it has never openly acknowledged it is looking into building an electric car

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California , the state Department of Motor Vehicles said on Friday. Apple joins a growing list of traditional carmakers, technology companies, and small start ups to test drive cars in California

Many companies have said the first cars will launch in 2020 but some experts believe it may take much longer due to regulatory challenges. 

After a five-page letter last November from Steve Kenner, Apple's director of product integrity, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company was under increased speculation that they would enter into the competitive self-driving space.

"The company is investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation," Kenner wrote.

Apple executives have been coy about their interest in cars. Chief Executive Tim Cook has suggested that Apple wants to move beyond integration of Apple smartphones into vehicle infotainment systems.

Apple was not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Shalini Nagarajan in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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