After news first broke in early 2015 that tech giant Apple has 1,000 engineers working on an electric vehicle project, so much buzz came after including news about Apple poaching employees from Tesla.
Then all the hype died down to a screeching halt with a report that Apple was discontinuing the project altogether after a high-level executive involved in the development of the electric/autonomous vehicle purportedly resigned.
Apple is now officially back in the race to manufacture autonomous vehicles with news that it has secured a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as of April 14, 2017.
In a list available on the website of the DMV, it shows Apple as the latest addition in a long line of automakers and tech companies granted permission to testdrive autonomous vehicles on public roads in California.
All three of Apple’s test units are modified 2015 Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUVs handled by six individual drivers mandated by state law to be inside self-driving vehicles during testing on public roads.
The DMV permit is the final confirmation showing that Apple is indeed getting into the business of making autonomous vehicles in order to expand and sustain its growth as a tech company.