Apple's self-driving car program appears to be less ambitious than initially thought, according to new filings with the state of California uncovered by IEEE Spectrum.

What the filings show:

  • Apple is working on systems for highway and city use.
  • Apple's program is very new—its oldest self-driving car has logged only 700 miles.
  • Apple's request for exemption from some DMV regulations suggests "Apple is not intending to build a full self-driving car but only an accessory or software for other manufacturers." This is in contrast to more ambitious programs by Waymo and Zoox.

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