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Apple nearly doubles self-driving fleet in California

Registering 18 new vehicles since January, Apple has expanded its self-driving car programme rapidly

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  • Apple has registered new vehicles in its self-driving programme
  • The company had 27 self-driving cars
  • Other tech companies are doing similar things too

Registering 18 new vehicles since January, Apple has expanded its self-driving car programme rapidly and now has 45 autonomous vehicles registered with California’s Department of Motor Vehicles. The company had 27 self-driving cars until late January.

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Apple has 27 registered self-driving cars. IANS

“Apple has nearly doubled the number of self-driving cars in its California test fleet. The number of cars is more than companies like Google, Waymo, and Uber have and is second only to General Motors which performs tests with Cruise — its self-driving division,” the Financial Times reported late on Tuesday.

Behind Apple is Tesla which currently has 39 self-driving vehicles, and Uber which has 29 cars. Codenamed “Project Titan”, Apple’s self-driving programme’s fleet is reportedly made up of Lexus RX450h SUVs each of which is fitted with huge racks of LIDAR and radar sensors as well as cameras.

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“The Cupertino-headquartered company is expected to produce a platform for ride-hailing services, most likely in partnership with third parties,” according to Apple Insider.

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“Alternately, it could revert to designing its own electric vehicle but the company would need to contract with outside factories to build it,” the report added. IANS

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Apple CEO Time Cook: “New iPhones Worth The Cost”

The iPhone XS with 512GB storage model will cost Rs 134,900 and the cheapest of the lot, the iPhone XR, has a starting price (64GB) of Rs 76,900 in India

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Defending the high cost consumers would have to pay to own the most expensive iPhone released this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that the device is worth the cost as it replaces many other gadgets one might need, a media report said.

Apple’s newest line of iPhones — the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max — cost as much as $1,449 for the most expensive model, CNBC reported late on Tuesday.

“The phone has replaced your digital camera. You don’t have a separate one anymore. It’s replaced your video camera. It’s replaced your music player. It’s replaced all of these different devices,” Cook was quoted as saying to ABC’s “Good Morning America”.

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New iPhones worth the cost: Tim Cook.

“And so arguably the product is really important. And we’ve found that people want to have the most innovative product available and with that, it’s not cheap to do.”

In India, one would have to shell out Rs 12,075 a month as zero-cost EMI for a period of one year to own the 512GB variant of iPhone XS Max that will come for Rs 144,900 in India.

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The iPhone XS with 512GB storage model will cost Rs 134,900 and the cheapest of the lot, the iPhone XR, has a starting price (64GB) of Rs 76,900 in India. (IANS)

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