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Apple gets permit to test self-driving cars in California

AppleApple has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California, the state Department of Motor Vehicles said.

After a five-page letter last November from Steve Kenner, Apple's director of product integrity, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company was under increased speculation that they would enter into the competitive self-driving space.

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"The company is investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation," Kenner wrote.

CEO Tim Cook has suggested that Apple wants to move beyond integration of Apple smartphones into vehicle infotainment systems.

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