Apple now has almost 30 self-driving vehicles roaming California streets

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While it was long rumored that Apple is interested in developing a full-fledged auto, the company only seems to be working on self-driving vehicle technology that it might end up selling to conventional auto manufacturers. Since then, scores of Apple engineers who previously worked on Project Titan were either let go or shifted to other areas within the company. Back in June, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple is "focusing on Autonomous Systems", describing the effort as the "mother all all AI projects". Calling the company's research into self-driving cars the "mother of all AI projects", Cook added that while the work is incredibly hard, it's nonetheless an incredibly strategic area for Apple.

But Apple has a lot of catching up to do if it's going to be a player in the self-driving vehicle space. The vehicle appeared to be outfitted with standard third-party sensors and hardware, including (count 'em) six Velodyne-made LIDAR sensors, several radar units, and a number of cameras - all encased in Apple-esque white plastic. The company first received approval from state officials last spring to test three self driving cars on the road, but new inquiries to the California DMW show Apple has since expanded its test fleet to 27 vehicles total. For instance, the following video highlights one such vehicle outfitted with an astounding number of sensors.

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