California seems to be the popular destination for testing your self-driving cars. In order to test your cars on California roads, you must register for an autonomous driving permit through the DMV, which is public information. Dozens of companies are on that list, including Google, Tesla, NVIDIA, several car companies, and now Apple.

Apple has been incredibly secretive about its intentions with self-driving technology. For a while there, it seemed as if they were working on their own vehicle, but more recent reports suggest that they're now working exclusively on the software side of things. They've registered three 2015 Lexus RX crossovers under the autonomous driving permit, along with six drivers. The only thing we know for sure is that something is happening.

Or is it? That's not even a given. Apple has said in the past that they're investing in machine learning and autonomous systems because there are "many potential applications," with "potential" maybe being the keyword. It's not unheard of for companies to get these permits and then never test anything. Apple might just be doing their due diligence in the even that they want to pursue this.

Welcome to the party, pal.

 

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