Apple has recruited a further 33 drivers for its autonomous car project. According to a report filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles of California, Apple now has 143 pilots for its autonomous system assessments on Lexus SUVs equipped with self-propelled technology.
Currently, the Cupertino-based company has 69 cars driving around the streets of California. In April, the fleet was reduced by rumors saying that cars requiring repairs or accidents were rejected.
Apple holds the record for the third largest fleet of self-driving test vehicles in California, just behind Waymo and GM with 135 and 258 cars, respectively. Interest in the self-driving industry remains a mystery, with reports stating that Apple intends the technology to be used in the company. Others speculate that the tech giant plans to compete in the self-driving market in the future.
Steve MacManus, automotive industry director and chief technology officer at Tesla, was recently recruited for a role in Project Titan.