This report says there is concrete evidence that Apple is planning to design and build a driverless car, or at the very least provide software to other manufacturers.
The UK’s Guardian newspaper has published correspondence between Apple engineer Frank Fearon and officials from the GoMentum Station car testing facility.
“We would … like to get an understanding of timing and availability for the space, and how we would need to coordinate around other parties who would be using [it],” the newspaper quotes Fearon as writing in May.
GoMentum Station is in Concord, a city around 30 minutes’ drive north east of San Francisco and is specifically set up to test driverless car technology.
The facility has 20 miles or so of road that recreates real-world scenarios to test onboard software.
Apple’s vice-president Jeff Williams said earlier this year that the car is the “ultimate mobile device” suggesting that the technology giant may be planning to turn the automotive sector on its head. Apple fans have dubbed the as-yet unmade prototype the iCar.