Apple received a permit to test self-driving cars in California

Apple thus joins Google and a long list of automakers, suppliers and technology companies already allowed to test their creations on California roads.

While GM is already testing autonomous vehicles through its Cruise Automation unit in California, Arizona and MI, the new initiative will ramp up those efforts. But she said Apple could be a "major player" in the autonomous vehicle industry. Because Apple will have to submit regular reports, we may soon see just how far Apple has come with a auto.

Although there have been a multitude of reports regarding Apple's secretive Project Titan over the past year, including some that indicated the company had scaled back its autonomous ambitions, the company has remained tight-lipped about its intentions. Other companies include; Tesla, Google, Ford, General Motors, Uber, Bosch, and Mercedes-Benz, among others. That said, don't expect to see an autonomous Apple test auto so soon but we're pretty sure it's not going to take too long.

"[Apple's] permit covers three vehicles, all 2015 Lexus RX450h, and six drivers", a DMV spokeswoman told Business Insider. The California Department of Motor Vehicles awarded Apple a permit to test autonomous vehicles Friday, April 14, 2017, and disclosed that information on its website.

We all knew that Apple had the hots for cars. The shift saw more than a few dozen employees working on the project laid off.

Previously, the clearest signal of Apple's intent came in December when it sent a letter to the federal government expressing enthusiasm about the impact of automation on transportation.

The secretive company that it is, little is known about the autonomous skills of Apple's software, but in a letter previous year to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Apple said it was "investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation".