Apple wants to get on those California roads. (credit: nrg_crisis (off and on))
On Friday, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) updated its website to reflect that Apple now has a permit to test self-driving cars on public roads.
Apple has been hiring automotive experts—particularly those with experience in autonomous driving—for years. (In 2015, Tesla CEO Elon Musk even taunted the company saying, “If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple.”) But the company has long kept quiet about its aspirations.

That began to change in December, when Apple wrote a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) saying that it was “investing heavily” in machine learning to support autonomous systems, especially in transportation.
The update on the California DMV website confirms that, after years of speculation, Apple is serious about building self-driving car software.
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