Apple can now test its driverless cars in California. A permit to do so has been secured and even though the technology is being tested by several companies the iPhone maker is looking ahead to offer its vehicle to the masses in future.
The state Department of Motor Vehicles said Friday the iDevice giant can test with the three vehicles of 2015 Lexus RX450h with six drivers.
Apple had never earlier disclosed of any interest in building an electric car. It has in fact recruited several auto experts.
President of consultancy Theodore & Associates, Chris Theodore, said the permit confirms Apple is trying to work on the idea of autonomous cars in some capacity.
Theodore is a former vice president at Ford Motor Co and Chrysler.
He added the permit does not mean the company will be building such autonomous vehicle, but it would be working on the related software, or even the hardware capable to handling autonomous technology.
Apple has long been rumored to be building a driverless car.
Apple spokesman didn’t comment on the filing but pointed to the November statement of the company that was written to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In the five-page letter the director of product integrity at Apple, Steve Kenner, wrote the iPhone and iPad maker is pumping in huge money in the study of machine learning as well as automation and is excited the potentiality in transportation and in other areas too.
Apple CEO Tim Cook suggests the company is looking ahead to move beyond integration of smartphones into the infotainment systems of vehicles.