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Apple to test 55 self-driving cars, gets permit from DMV

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Apple is likely to enter in the bandwagon of self-driven cars as it gets permit for testing of 55 autonomous cars by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Apple is now  second to General Motor’s Cruise automotive which has 104 vehicle permits.

United States: The CEO for Apple, Tim Cook recently admitted that Apple has been working on the self-driving car technology. The company has refrained from divulging much details about it in the past.

The tech giant’s self-driving car fleet is likely growing as the tech giant now has 55 autonomous vehicles on the road. According to data gathered from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Apple is preceded by General Motors' Cruise Automotive, which has 104 vehicle permits.

The DMW informed that Apple's permit currently covers 55 self-driving cars and 83 drivers for testing autonomous vehicles in California.

Alphabet's self-driving car company Waymo has spent close to nine years working on the autonomous driving tech. It has permits for 51 vehicles. Waymo is succeeded by Telsa with 39 self-driven cars in its kitty and Drive.ai, a new startup with 14 self-driven cars that would be testing in the Dallas area.

The testing of autonomous technology on public roads came in the spotlight after an Uber self-driving car killed a pedestrian in Arizona. The Volvo SUV equipped with Uber sensors and software also failed to detect a woman pedestrian at night while crossing the road. The governor of Arizona pulled back Uber's testing privileges.

According to TechSci Research, With Apple equipped with a fleet of 55 autonomous vehicles, the autonomous vehicles and autonomous car market will see tremendous growth globally. The growing focus of leading automotive and technology companies like Apple, Tesla etc on autonomous vehicle technologies coupled with government policies that favor technological innovations will drive the Global semi and Fully Autonomous Vehicle Market in the coming years. Despite a few barriers, the Autonomous Vehicles and Car Market has tremendous growth potential in the coming years.

According to the recently published report by TechSci Research, Global Semi & Fully Autonomous Vehicle Market, By Automation Level (Level 0, Level 1 & Others), By Component (Embedded Systems, Cameras & Others), By Vehicle Type, By Region, Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2016–2030”, Global semi & fully autonomous vehicle market is projected to exhibit a CAGR of over 21% to reach $ 64 billion by 2030. Growing focus of automotive OEMs on enhancing safety features and increasing government support for developing driverless vehicles are the major factors anticipated to aid the growth of global semi & fully autonomous vehicle market during the forecast period. Moreover, foray of technology giants such as Google and Intel, among others, in autonomous vehicle market is further encouraging adoption of autonomous vehicles, thereby positively influencing the global semi & fully autonomous vehicle market.

According to the recently published report by TechSci Research, Global Autonomous Car Technology Market, Forecast and Opportunities, 2035 – ADAS, Semi-Autonomous, Fully-Autonomous”, Global autonomous car technology market is expected to witness a CAGR of over 10% through 2035. The market is currently dominated by ADAS segment, which is expected to maintain its dominance over the next twenty years as well. The dominance of this segment can be attributed to anticipated increase in government regulations pertaining to integration of ADAS technologies in passenger cars. Further, semi-autonomous car technology is expected to witness robust growth over the next ten years, owing to anticipated decline in its average selling price coupled with rising volume sales. Region-wise, North America has emerged as the largest contributor in the market for autonomous car technology, followed by Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC) and Middle East North Africa (MENA).

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