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Apple meets California officials to discuss self-driving car

• TheGuardian

Apple executives have discussed their plans for an "autonomous vehicle" with officials at California's department of motor vehicles (DMV), the Guardian has learnt.

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According to documents obtained by the Guardian, Mike Maletic, a senior legal counsel at Apple, had an hour-long meeting on 17 August with the department's self-driving car experts Bernard Soriano, DMV deputy director, and Stephanie Dougherty, chief of strategic planning, who are co-sponsors of California's autonomous vehicle regulation project, and Brian Soublet, the department's deputy director and chief counsel.

The discussions come as Google and Uber are both advancing their plans to develop self-driving cars. Google already has a fleet of robot cars on the streets of California and is planning to have several hundred built in the near future.

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