As reported by the Guardian, Apple’s executives have met with state’s DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) on August 17, to talk about plans of having their self driving cars to be road-tested in a secure car testing site in California. It is being developed under “Project Titan”.
One of the locations that are being considered is GoMentum Station which is a 2100-acre former naval base near San Francisco that is being turned into high-security testing ground for autonomous vehicles. As per expected, when approached for comment, Apple did not said anything. However, DMV, on the other hand, only said that the Apple meeting was to review the DMV’s autonomous vehicle regulations.
There are, so far, 10 companies which have been issued permits for about 80 autonomous vehicles and more than 300 test drivers as per reported by the Guardian. Honda and BMW joined the list last week. Apparently, everyone is expecting California’s DMV to set the self-driving car testing guidelines even though there is no confirmed date for it.
Google on the other hand, has been quite open regarding their self driving test plans. Google cars have reported to hit the streets in Austin, Texas as per reported by the Verge.