Apple’s self-driving cars head to reality since 2015

Apple’s self-driving cars head to reality since 2015 – Tesla’s FSD is perhaps the most famous to date and its development is the most talked about. But don’t forget Apple. Apple has even been talking and serious about self-driving cars since 2015. Let’s see what it looks like at that time Apple’s seriousness for the technology.

Apple has been conducting testing on a fleet of Lexus RX 450h SUVs and Chevy Volts at its new Silicon Valley test site, according to the report. The cars have sensors that can detect both people and things in their surroundings, like traffic lights or pedestrians. Apple is also said to be working with ride-sharing company Uber as well as General Motors on developing autonomous vehicles themselves.

Engineers working for the Cupertino-based tech hardware giant met with officials from GoMentum Station, a former naval base east of San Francisco that’s being retooled into a highly secure testing ground for autonomous vehicles.

Lit Motors CEO Kyle Vogt’s comments quote the company’s former engineer Frank Fearon, who said Apple “would like to get an understanding of timing and availability for the space,” when talking about moving into a new office.

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Apple’s self-driving cars head to reality since 2015

Apple's self-driving cars head to reality since 2015
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Apple has declined to comment on the report. Officials at GoMentum, which is run by the Contra Costa County Transportation Authority, could not be reached for comment.

Many in the tech industry have been speculating about Apple working on a self-driving car, which would be their first big leap into the automotive business. Jeff Williams has echoed many of these sentiments by calling automobiles “the ultimate mobile device.”

Google has been testing various prototypes on the streets of Mountain View, its headquarters. Google’s commitment to building a viable autonomous vehicle is significant. More recently, Uber has been hiring engineers at an increasing pace from robotics-focused Carnegie Mellon University and a number of automakers have doubled down on driver-assist technology that could take full control from drivers eventually.

In that time, over the last few months, Apple has been hiring staffers with backgrounds in auto safety and powertrain systems.

In The Guardian’s report, a quote from Jonathan Fearon is given. In it he states that GoMentum officials are asking for specifics on how the layout of the area could be used to test autonomous cars in a real-world scenario. Google has set up a similarly focused facility in California and Michigan opened MCity just this month, which includes 32 acres of fake cityscape with roads and buildings suitable for testing driverless cars.

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