“Apple Inc. has expanded its California self-driving test fleet to 27 vehicles as it accelerates efforts to catch up with competitors such as Alphabet Inc’s Waymo,” Alex Webb reports for Bloomberg.

“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,” Webb reports. “Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook acknowledged for the first time in June that the company had a team developing autonomous car technology. Those efforts, known as Project Titan, were pared back in 2016 from earlier ambitious plans to build an entire vehicle after headcount and costs spiraled.”

“Apple has a long way to go to catch up with the likes of Waymo, however,” Webb reports. “The former Google division is testing its autonomous technology in six states already, including 600 minivans in Phoenix from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple has a long way to go to catch up with Waymo because, you know, the number of cars in your test fleet and the number of states in which you’re testing are direct indicators of how far along you are in autonomous technology. Oh, wait, they’re not.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]