The company reportedly registered two-dozen additional autonomous Lexus SUVs in California from July 2017 through this month after first receiving a permit to test three there in April.
Apple’s fleet of self-driving vehicles has grown.
Bloomberg, citing the California Department of Motor Vehicles, on Thursday reported that Cupertino has registered 24 additional autonomous Lexus Rx450h sport-utility vehicles in the Golden State since first receiving a permit to test three of them in the state in April 2017.
That brings Apple’s California autonomous vehicle test fleet to 27 vehicles. The company reportedly registered those two-dozen additional autonomous Lexus SUVs from July 2017 through this month.
Apple did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment about the expansion, and declined to offer a statement when contacted by Bloomberg.
Though Apple is characteristically tight-lipped about new products in its pipeline, CEO Tim Cook in June acknowledged that the company is working on autonomous systems, which could be used for self-driving cars.
“Autonomy is something that’s incredibly exciting for us, but we’ll see where it takes us,” Cook said at the time. “We’re not really saying, from a product point of view, what we will do, but we are being straightforward that it’s a core technology that we view as very important.”
Those remarks followed rumors in late 2016 that Apple had “drastically scaled back” its so-called “Project Titan” car team, cutting hundreds of jobs, and switched its focus to creating software so it can potentially partner with existing carmakers, rather than produce its own vehicle.
Apple’s autonomous fleet, while growing, still pales in comparison to rival Waymo’s. Google parent company Alphabet’s autonomous car unit has vehicles on the road in six states, according to Bloomberg. Waymo in November announced that a subset of its autonomous vehicles will operate by themselves—sans a human test driver behind the wheel—in the Phoenix metro region.