April 14, 2017 12:55 PM, EDT

Apple Gets DMV Approval to Test Self-Driving Cars in California

Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg News

Apple Inc. has been granted approval by the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test autonomous driving technology on public roads, according to a notice on the DMV’s website.

Apple Inc. started developing a self-driving car a few years ago before it pulled back and focused on first developing underlying autonomous technology, Bloomberg News reported last year.

Apple provided its first public acknowledgement that it is working on self-driving technology in a notice to federal regulators late last year, but this is the first time the company has received approval to publicly test it.

With an influx of both automotive and technology companies developing self-driving vehicles, California’s DMV instated an approval process in 2014 for testing on public roads.