Self-driving vehicles are everywhere in the auto industry news these days, as car manufacturers and tech companies race to see who will have the first vehicle on the market that is an autonomous-driving in nature.
Recently, Apple was granted a permit to test autonomous cars from the state government of California. The tech company was added to the state’s DMV list of organizations that are allowed to test autonomous-driving cars on public roads, via the DMV’s website. Apple was added to this list on Friday April 14th, and joins other companies currently on that list who include: Faraday Future, Uber, Benz, and BMW.
Still, Apple has not made any direct comments publicly, or announced that they are working on a self-driving car. Still, it’s hard to ignore, hitting that California DMV list makes a huge statement around the idea that Apple might be dipping into the world of self-driving. Rumors in the auto industry have been going around that planning with ‘Project Titan’, Apple’s current vehicle project, has changed drastically. Those rumors seemingly have suggested that Apple is changing its focus towards augmented reality or other related software, for cars. In fact, it’s been awhile since Apple hinted to any type of self-driving vehicle testing ideas, at all. The last time was December 2016, when they sent the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration an advisory letter.
Interestingly enough, MSN noted that Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO was asked this past February, whether or the company has an autonomous-driving car project on the go, and he responded by relaying the idea of a kid on Christmas Eve, and the excitement of not knowing what was downstairs awaiting them – going on to note that it is going to feel like Christmas Eve, for some time.
It’ll be interesting to see if Apple does in fact make it to the finish line, when it comes to self-driving cars.