As of now, the DMV has not issued any permits for complete driverless testing because for that to happen, companies must have to have a pre-testing of the vehicles in controlled conditions.
Today, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has confirmed (via macReports) that Apple now has 55 vehicles and 83 drivers permitted to test autonomous vehicles. According to the DMV figure, Apple has bigger self-driving auto fleet in California than Waymo, Toyota, BMW and many more that has makes it the second largest fleet in the state. That gives it the second-largest fleet in the US, ahead of Waymo's 51 cars, but still well behind GM Cruise, which boasts 104.
The Cupertino-based tech giant had 45 self-driving cars until late March. The number of cars is more than companies like Google, Uber, Waymo.
Apple's mysterious fleet is perhaps one of the biggest secrets the company has held, and the company has yet to confirm this new report. Apple's self-driving auto program is still a mystery, but it appears to be centered around testing and collecting data for self-driving software, instead of a complete vehicle.
Apple's quickly growing fleet of cars suggests that it's certainly taking self-driving development seriously. "It's probably one of the most hard AI projects actually to work on".
Apple, however, has not yet received a permit to test self-driving cars without a driver behind the wheel.