Apple Secures Permit to Test Autonomous Vehicles in California

Apple Secures Permit to Test Autonomous Vehicles in California

Permit allows Apple to test self-driving cars on public roads in the largest U.S. state

By Tripp Mickle and  Tim Higgins April 14, 2017 12:12 p.m. ET

Apple Inc. on Friday secured a permit for autonomous-vehicle testing in California, the clearest sign to date of progress in the company’s efforts to develop self-driving car technology.

The permit, awarded by California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, allows Apple to test self-driving cars on public roads in the largest U.S. state, adding it to a list of other companies with permits that includes Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Tesla Inc.

An Apple spokesman declined to comment on the permit and referred to a December statement that said the company is investing machine learning and autonomous systems.

Write to Tripp Mickle at Tripp.Mickle@wsj.com and Tim Higgins at Tim.Higgins@WSJ.com


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