Apple Hints At Autonomous Car
Apple has come close to acknowledging it is working on self-driving vehicles, in a letter posted to US regulators in response to proposed new guidelines for the emerging technology.
The letter from Steve Kenner, Apple’s director of product integrity, to the head of the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, outlined that Apple “is investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.”
However the letter offered no details on the project. Secrecy around the car project, believed to be called Project Titan, has made the exact status hard to gauge, close Apple watchers say.
The Wall Street Journal reported in September that Apple had restructured parts of the project, which has had several hundred employees working on it, and appointed Apple executive Bob Mansfield to run it.
Apple has looked at making an entire car, but more recently its focus has narrowed towards developing an autonomous-driving system and software that is more within its comfort zone.