The technology giant is partnering with Hertz (htz) to test its autonomous auto software in six of the auto rental company’s automobiles, according to a Bloomberg News report published Monday based on Department of Motor Vehicles documents.
Apple is renting Lexus RX450h sport-utility vehicles from Hertz’s Donlen fleet-management unit, according to the Bloomberg report, citing documents released recently by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Apple has been testing its autonomous technology with a half-dozen vehicles around the San Francisco Bay area.
Apple was not immediately available to comment on the report.
Under the partnership, Hertz subsidiary Donlen is leasing to Apple (aapl) six Lexus RX RX450h sports utility vehicles to carry out its self-driving auto tests, the report said. Hertz and Avis could help ride-hailing companies, for instance, avoid owning as many physical cars, and could use their network of locations across the country for distributing the cars.
Hertz surged on news of the agreement with Apple, bringing its intraday gain to as much as 18 percent, the biggest rise since July 2015. The project concentrates on developing an autonomous driving system, rather than developing a whole auto.
Google spent years working on self-driving cars before spinning the project off into Waymo, a division of Alphabet, last year.
CEO Tim Cook confirmed that such a system was the centre of Apple’s automotive efforts in an interview with Bloomberg Television earlier this month.