Self-Driving Apple Car Is Real, Confirm Documents
It’s been rumored for quite a while that Apple is building its very own self-driving car, but according to documents obtained by The Guardian, more weight has been added to that revelation.
Earlier this year, we heard several reports that Apple is working on a self-driving car, with the company aiming to mass produce the vehicle in 2020. More fuel was added to the speculation as we learned that Apple has snagged up a mapping startup called Coherent Navigation. Now, a new report has surfaced which solidly claims that Apple’s car plans are indeed real and it would be a self-driving affair.
According to The Guardian, Apple is developing its self-driving car in Silicon Valley, and is currently looking to test the vehicle in the Bay Area. Of course, Apple is not going to test out the vehicle in open space for everyone to spot, hence it is hoping to find a secure location for testing purposes.
According to the report, Apple’s secret car project, dubbed as Project Titan, might see itself being tested at an old naval base located in San Francisco:
In May, engineers from Apple’s secretive Special Project group met with officials from GoMentum Station, a 2,100-acre former naval base near San Francisco that is being turned into a high-security testing ground for autonomous vehicles.
Interestingly, when inquired with Apple if this is indeed true, the company declined to comment on the matter. And of course, why wouldn’t it? The company will never let out something so secret this early. But judging by how things are leaked out of factories these days (hint: iPhone 6s) it would only be a matter of weeks or months till we hear more about it.
How things stand currently, Google is at the forefront when it comes to testing out self-driving cars, with their vehicles being spot on when it comes to navigating through public roads. Of course, driverless vehicles are the way of the future, but there are a lot of complications one has to ponder upon before the four-wheeler is let loose for all to ride in. For example, who is responsible if a self-driving car hits someone on the road or bumps into a street lamp? Such things pile up in weights of up to a few tons, and we’re sure that all of us are years away from seeing autonomous vehicles wandering around our roads.
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