As the state DMV tries to establish a path for the testing and deployment of fully autonomous vehicles in California, the largest and most populous among the 50 states in America, proposed new regulations were published last March 10, to be followed by a public hearing scheduled for April 25 in the state capital of Sacramento. The Cupertino-based tech giant has always been rumored to be developing its own self-driving vehicle - or the technology for it, at the very least - but the company continuously refused to comment on this speculation.
Apple's super-secretive autonomous driving project, code named Project Titan, has just taken a half-step into the public eye now that the company has secured a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California.
Apple has not commented - other than to point to its letter late a year ago expressing an interest in the technology.
Apple is on track to begin testing self-driving cars in California. Apple is set to debut a self-driving auto.
According to Loup Ventures founder Gene Munster, the permit to test cars in California was not a surprise. The current permit allows Apple to test self-driving technology in three 2015 Lexus RX 450h luxury hybrid sport utility vehicles.
To add to my earlier statements on the matter, I'm curious, how many people reading this would prefer that their self-driving vehicle's tech and operating/infotainment system be designed by Apple rather than in house by an auto manufacturer? "There are many potential applications for these technologies, including the future of transportation".
On the one hand, Apple is perfectly set up to produce excellent autonomous software, Munster said.