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Apple has signaled a deepening interest in autonomous-car technology with the expansion of its fleet of self-driving vehicles in northern California — a move that gives it the second-largest fleet in the state. The news comes as Chinese ridesharing giant Didi Chuxing prepares to begin tests of its own driverless-car technology, also in California. Apple is now testing a total of 55 cars on public roads — up from 45 in March and 27 in January — according to information sent to macReports by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Only General Motors’ Cruise has more autonomous vehicles — 104 in all — operating in the state, while Waymo has 51 registered vehicles. But these numbers pal... Full story

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