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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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Top apps using Siri Shortcuts to make daily tasks easier: Apple. Pixabay
  • 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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Many other tech companies have also released their self-driving cars. Wikimedia Commons

“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 Acquires Italian Start-up for $5 Million: Report

Apple has not officially announced the acquisition as yet

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Apple has acquired Italian Application Programming Interface (API) integration developer – Stamplay – for $5.678 million, the media reported.

Stamplay describes itself as a “low code work-flow automation platform, empowering organisations to streamline manual work by integrating data and business applications used every day”.

However, the reasons for the iPhone-maker purchasing the Rome-based start-up remains unclear, VentureBeat reported on Thursday.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

“However, it’s noteworthy that this start-up has experience in the financial payments industry, a sector that Apple entered with Apple Pay, and is expected to expand upon with a self-branded credit card next week,” the report said.

In 2016, the start-up won Visa’s Everywhere Initiative API contest and was entrusted with an unspecified development project for the payments giant.

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As part of the deal, Apple has decided to permanently keep the Co-Founders of the company, Giuliano Iacobelli and Nicola Mattina.

Apple has not officially announced the acquisition as yet. (IANS)