Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

The iPhone of cars? Apple enters self-driving car race

Apple's rumored self-driving vehicle technology may soon be a reality.

We heard back in September that Apple was in talks, possibly, to acquire high-end carmaker McLaren, but not long after that rumor went out, The Hustle pointed out that Apple was likely more interested in McLaren's consulting firm, McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT), probably for the brain trust that is there when it comes to developing new vehicle technologies. The company has always been rumored to be working on a mysterious "Project Titan" connected to vehicles, but has never confirmed that.

Late last month, UCAR, the Chinese version of Uber, sued four of its former engineers involved with its autonomous driving division, accusing them of taking proprietary secrets and starting their own company.

Apple will chip away at this space, and at some stage reveal their plans - you'd be mad to assume it's the future of Apple, but you'd also be mad to assume it won't be a huge part of their future - this is one company that's very hard to read and predict at the best of times.

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If Apple were unable to find a carmaker to use its system, "they would have to buy a auto company", he said. That leads us to believe that we could soon see at least three 2015 Lexus RX crossovers on California's public roads sporting Apple's self-driving technology.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is joining the fiercely competitive race to design self-driving cars, raising the possibility that a company that has already re-shaped culture with its iPhone may try to transform transportation, too.

Apple has not made a statement about its receipt of the permit, instead referencing a letter it wrote to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration last November, which stated that the company was "investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation", and was "excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation".

Traditional automakers such as GM, Ford, Honda and Mercedes-Benz also have permits to test their models on California's roads. The company's Chief Executive Tim Cook has noted that Apple needs to incorporate its smartphones into vehicle infotainment systems. Some people claims that Apple has been on the project for several years. The company received a permit from the state of California today (April 14) to test self-driving cars.

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