Apple now has 55 self-driving cars in California

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Apple rapidly grew out its fleet from three in April 2017.

Apple is usually ultra-secretive about its projects, it hasn't been able to escape public scrutiny because the law requires it to submit information to the California DMV. That's up from 45 cars in March, and 27 in January. The DMV has now approved a resounding 53 companies for self-driving auto permits, resulting in 409 autonomous vehicles with 1,573 safety drivers. The fact that it's adding more cars to its fleet suggests that this new line of thinking is working out for it. Among the 53 companies, which include other mainstream carmakers such as Nissan, Toyota, Ford and Subaru, there are a total of 409 self-driving cars and 1,573 drivers.

Apple now has a 55 self-driving cars registered to the Department of motor vehicles California.

UPDATE: Apple has the second highest number of self driving cars after GM Cruise, which as 104 vehicles, as of now.

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Like other tech giants, Apple is keen to get into the auto space, with Tim Cook past year saying that autonomous systems are "a core technology" that the company views as "very important". Waymo has 51 cars in the state, but also has 338 registered drivers.

But now, the Cupertino tech giant is reaping the fruits of its ramped-up investment in the new technology, beating out Tesla and Waymo for the second-most self-driving auto permits with the DMV, according to a report from the Apple-focused tech blog Mac Reports.

It's important to note that companies like Waymo and Uber used to have more self-driving cars in California.

Tim Cook said, "We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects".