Report: Apple, Calif. DMV Talked Self-Driving Cars

19 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple meets with California DMV, hinting that public car tests could happen soon.

Apple met with California’s Department of Motor Vehicles in August to discuss self-driving vehicles, which means an Apple-branded electric car might be closer to hitting the road than previously expected.It’s not called the iCar — yet — but Apple’s secrecy-shrouded driverless vehicle, code named “Project Titan,” has taken a big step toward hitting the roads of California.

The Guardian caught wind of the meeting from DMV documents, and confirmed with the department’s officials that “the Apple meeting was to review DMV’s autonomous vehicle regulations.” The California DMV doesn’t exactly have self-driving car regulations, but it’s working to establish guidelines manufacturers to follow before releasing their autonomous cars to the public. California’s DMV oversees the autonomous vehicle tester program in the state; to date, 10 companies, including Honda and BMW, have been issued permits for 80 autonomous cars and over 300 test drivers. The Guardian noted that Apple can keep its car under wraps by testing it on private property, but that’s not the same as a test on public roads in real conditions. The story behind the story: When rumors of an Apple car first emerged, it seemed like the company was in the very early stages of envisioning what its self-driving vehicle would be like.

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