Apple receives permit to test self-driving cars on California roads

Cupertino-based tech giant Apple Inc. on Friday received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to test self-driving vehicles on the state’s public roads.

The permit has confirmed that Apple is jumping into the growing frenzy to bring the autonomous technology to the market. The Cupertino firm has long been rumored to be working on a secret “Project Titan” linked to vehicles, but it never confirmed that.

Patrick Moorhead, an analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, said, “This [the permit] absolutely verifies that they are going to do something in this space. This is likely Titan.”

Announcing the permit, DMV said in a statement that the permit covers three vehicles, all 2015 Lexus RX450h and six drivers. The state agency didn’t provide any additional information related to the permit.

Apple didn’t respond to a request for a comment on news related to the permit.

With its new permit to test self-driving vehicles, Apple has joined the likes of Google, Tesla, GM, Ford and BMW, which are already testing their respective autonomous vehicle technologies.