Apple to start testing driver less car
18 August 2015, Nirapad News: Apple is building a driver less car and scouting for secure locations around San Francisco to test it.
Quoting The Guardian, telecompaper on Monday reported the long-rumored Project Titan appears to be further advanced than expected.
Members of Apple’s secretive special project group met in May with executives from former naval base GoMentum Station, which is being turned into a secure testing ground for self-driving vehicles.
Apple Engineer Frank Fearson wrote to GoMentum, “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)’.
Apple has hundred of engineers working on automotive technologies near its main campus.
Google, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Volkswagen and other carmakers have licenses to test autonomous vehicles on California roads, but the process involved disclosing technical and commercial details, which notoriously secretive Apple may not want.
Randy Iwasaki, GoMentum owner Contra Costa Transportation Authority’s executive director told the Guardian, “We had to sign a non-disclosure agreement with Apple. We can’t tell you anything other than they’ve come in and they’re intested”.
Apple declined to comment.