Apple to start testing self-driving cars in public

The Lexus RX450h (Getty)
The Lexus RX450h (Getty)

Apple has been given the go-ahead to test its self-driving cars on public roads.

According to a statement from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (CDMV), Apple's chosen the exact same car as Google - the Lexus RX450h.

The computing giant's got approval to have three vehicles on the roads.

More than 30 companies are now testing autonomous vehicles on Californian roads, including traditional carmakers like Honda, Ford, Nissan and BMW. A list on the CDMV website also includes graphics card maker NVIDIA and GPS services provider Telenav.

Apple has yet to publicly talk about its autonomous car programme. Its existence was only confirmed in December in a letter to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.