Since receiving a permit to test three autonomous cars in California last April, the iPhone maker has registered 24 more Lexus RX450h sport-utility vehicles, the California Department of Motor Vehicles said in an emailed response to questions. The iPhone maker’s initial registration involved Lexus SUVs leased from Hertz Global Holdings Inc.
Apple is believed to have shifted focus to creating autonomous car technology after its plan to build an entire vehicle suffered technical delays, employee departures, and poor focus. Former former SVP of Technologies, Bob Mansfield, was put in charge of 'Project Titan' to get it back on track.
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'.
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