According to the latest statistics, apple still ranks third in the number of autonomous vehicle in California, after waymo (125 vehicles and 368 drivers) and GM Cruise (163 vehicles and 989 drivers). Waymo has begun to test run the paid taxi project, but the pilot scale is not large, which is limited to Arizona.
Apple is unlikely to reduce the public testing of autonomous vehicle, but it may need to replace car parts at this stage or retire some early-stage vehicles due to collision accidents and other problems. But in general, if companies want to commercialize their autonomous vehicle, they will inevitably continue to expand the scale of autonomous vehicle, rather than remain stationary or decline.
Apple has not applied for a driverless test license, which was provided by DMV in April 2018. The backup driver allows apple to rescue the car in an emergency, or if it cannot navigate normally, but the finished product needs to run independently at all times. Apple’s ultimate goal is unclear. Although the company was once considered to have been downgraded to developing a third-party platform, there is recent evidence that apple is resuming its work on mature EVs. For example, the company has been looking for “revolutionary” lidar designs and recently poached Tesla powertrain expert Michael schwekutsch.