On the road again...
It wasn’t so long ago that many of us figured Apple’s autonomous car project had been called off. Competitors, mainly Google’s Waymo, had seemingly progressed faster and Apple was having second thoughts. Turns out that’s not the case. Automotive News reports that California’s Department of Motor Vehicles has granted Apple a permit to test autonomous vehicles on state roads. All told, 29 other companies have been issued this same permit, so competition still remains quite fierce.
Just last week, in fact, we learned Apple will also be working with Bosch on self-driving tech. Moreover, this latest news fully confirms that Apple "is at least toying with the idea of getting into the autonomous game in some capacity," says Chris Theodore, president of an auto industry consulting firm. However, the permit does not mean Apple will necessarily build an autonomous car, "but software or possibly hardware associated with autonomous technology." Whatever the case is, Apple is definitely up to something. Not only is Apple developing self-driving technology in the heart of Silicon Valley, but it also has a team in Canada busy at work "on a car operating system that could eventually power the platform."
This platform is supposedly being designed to be compatible with other automakers, not necessarily just Apple. That all said, Apple will likely make a final decision regarding the direction of the project by the end of the year.